Greater Good Science Center

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Episode 1: Three Good Things

Do you take the good things in life for granted? You’re not alone, and studies show it's very human. But here’s a way to find more joy in the …

Episode 2: Quieting Your Inner Critic

Are you too hard on yourself? Our Happiness Guinea Pig spent most of his life behind bars. Discover the research-tested practice that helped him …

How Top Performers Achieve More and Stay Happy

At times, being happy and performing well at work can feel like conflicting goals. We want to prepare a good presentation, but we also want to make …

Being Around Nature Helps You Love Your Body

Not happy with what you see when you look in a mirror? Well, you can take a hike.Seriously. New research from the United Kingdom finds strolling in …

What “The Good Place” Says about Good and Evil

“Welcome! Everything is fine.”Those are the first words Eleanor Shellstrop (played by Kristen Bell) sees on the wall in front of her when she opens …

How to Use Your Unconscious Mind to Achieve Your Goals

It’s the end of January. How many of us made New Year’s resolutions this year, but have already broken them? Maybe we told ourselves we’ll exercise …

Can Gratitude Help You Recover from a Heart Attack?

Why do some people recover after a heart attack while others don’t?I am a psychiatrist who has spent the last 13 years focusing on improving the …

Can Solitude Make You More Creative?

You may eagerly anticipate spending time with friends and family. But you may also dread the obligation to do so, preferring to be alone.New research …

Five Ways to Help Teens Think Beyond Themselves

Teens can seem self-centered sometimes, can’t they?Of course they can; they’re still supposed to be developing the capacity to see beyond themselves. …

How to Mobilize Men Against Sexual Harassment

At this month’s Golden Globe awards, women seized the #MeToo moment in a big way. Nearly every actress in attendance wore black to signify support of …

How to Protect Your Relationship from Work Stress

In today’s “always-on” culture, the boundaries between our personal and professional lives are often blurred. Many jobs demand constant connectivity, …

Five Ways to Make the Most of Your Gratitude

Gratitude makes us happier, healthier, and more empathic; it may even help us live longer, says the research to date.There are specific ways to …

How to Use Social Media Wisely and Mindfully

It was no one other than Facebook’s former vice president for user growth, Chamath Palihapitiya, who advised people to take a “hard break” from …

How to Support Mental Health in People with Autism

Mental health among autistic individuals is an underdeveloped area of research—a situation that many autistic people are advocating to change. This …

The Surprisingly Boring Truth about Millennials and Narcissism

Are millennials the most self-centered generation ever?Many people think so. The list of charges against them is as long as it is familiar: They’re …

Four Keys to Building a Love that Lasts

<i>All you need is love. Love is all you need.</i> Like the message of many other songs, movies, and popular media, this famous Beatles song reinforces a …

Trailer for Our New Podcast, “The Science of Happiness”

Get a taste of what's to come on <i>The Science of Happiness</i> podcast.

Trailer for Our New Podcast

Get a taste of what's to come on <i>The Science of Happiness</i>, a practical and inspiring new podcast from the GGSC and PRI.

Three Emotions That Can Help You Succeed at Your Goals

We’ve all wished for more willpower sometimes. If only we had more self-control, grit, or the ability to delay gratification, we would be more …

How Gratitude Can Reduce Burnout in Health Care

When we are sick, we look to medicine to heal us. But what does the medical profession do when it’s ailing from stress and overwork?More than half of …

How to Find Your Purpose in Life

Do you have a sense of purpose?For decades, psychologists have studied how long-term, meaningful goals develop over the span of our lives. The goals …

How to Talk about Ethical Issues in the Classroom

“That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose.” “He’s not following the rules.”Issues of right and wrong come up in classrooms all the time, and it can …

Just One Thing: Hold Wants Lightly

Getting caught up in wanting—wanting both to get what’s pleasant and to <i>avoid</i> what’s unpleasant—is a major source of suffering and harm for oneself …

How Inequality Thwarts the Promise of College for All

Four years ago, a high school senior from an Oakland charter school reached out to me to ask if I could help her apply to college. Jennifer was a …

What Happens When Older Adults Take a Class on Gratitude?

This fall, fifteen adults over the age of 50 gathered together in a university classroom to learn about gratitude.They were students at the Osher …

Make Self-Compassion One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

The statistics are bleak: On average, only nine percent of us ultimately accomplish our goals for the new year.What can you do to become one of those …

How to Open Yourself Up to Receiving Help

What gets in the way of compassion?Many of us aspire to be more compassionate in our own lives, and to build a more compassionate society. In doing …

How to Choose Goals That Make You Come Alive

As far as goals go, hiking the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is one of the more ambitious ones. When you ask people how they did it—something …

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2017

In science, nothing can be taken for granted; even the most seemingly settled notion is a candidate for further testing and exploration. That’s part …

The Most Inspiring Moments from 2017

This past year was a hard one for many Americans—but in many ways we could call it the year of the hero. From natural disasters to politically …