All posts in tag: positive psychology

Jeremy Adam Smith Where to find love on Facebook

This piece was co-authored with Emiliana Simon-Thomas.

What’s the most popular emotion in the world? Well, on Facebook at least, the answer is clear: It’s love.

How do we know that? Because the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center worked with Facebook to develop a new set of animated emoticons to express … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith The top 10 insights from the “science of a meaningful life” in 2013

The past few years have been marked by two major trends in the science of a meaningful life.

One is that researchers continued to add sophistication and depth to our understanding of positive feelings and behaviors. Happiness is good for you, but not all the time; empathy ties us together, and … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Eight inspiring images from 2013

Many terrible things happened in 2013. But concealed within each awful event was at least some kernel of courage or grace.

This past year especially provided us with many models of heroism. From the helpers of the Boston Marathon bombing to activists standing up for human rights in Bulgaria and Pakistan, … More >

Christine Carter Twenty questions to ask your father

My friends and family know what’s coming when we’re out to dinner and they see a little packet of white squares come out of my purse, held together with a rubber band. It’s a pile of carefully selected Table Topics — little cards printed with questions — usually from the … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith The past year’s top 10 scientific insights about living a meaningful life

The science we cover on the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center website — aka, “the science of a meaningful life” — has exploded over the past 10 years, with many more studies published each year on gratitude, mindfulness, and our other core themes than we saw a decade ago.

2012 … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith How to actually read a racist book to your kid

On June 15, the novelist Stephen Marche published a thought-provoking piece in The New York Times entitled, “How to Read Racist Books to Your Kids.”

I empathized with the issues he faced — I’ve also felt ambushed by racist imagery when reading classic children’s books to my multiracial child — … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith What we Google when we Google ‘love’

Internet searches are a fascinating window into human nature and social trends. By analyzing Google searches, researchers have uncovered racial bias in elections and our most intimate sexual desires, as well as many, many consumer trends.

But recently, I discovered another kind of search trend: rising interest in “pro-social” emotions and … More >

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