The Greater Good | A Guide to Well-Being During COVID-19

Practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, and educators facing COVID-19.

At Greater Good, our mission is to share scientific research that can help promote a happier, more compassionate society. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we’re committed to bringing you stories, tips, and tools for these uncertain times in our global community.


We’ll continue to update this page with resources for individuals, families, and educators. Here are our most recent articles related to COVID-19:



Connect with us live


  • Join the Greater Good Science Center Tuesdays and Thursdays for Greater Good Together: 20 minutes of connection on Facebook Live. Our own Eve Ekman and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will lead a brief grounding practice and then offer practices to boost resilience, connection, or positivity. These sessions are FREE and our offering to give you a sense of community and connection during these hard times. They are easy to join: Just log in to our Facebook page Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. PST.
  • The Greater Good Science Center and Reimagine are partnering to present a Daily Dose of Togetherness every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon through April 3, 2020.  We invite you, for free, to join these special 50-minute virtual experiments where we’ll come together online and in community to enhance our collective well-being. Find out how to register in advance and keep up with the calendar here.


Other resources below (click to jump to a section):

Resources for stress and anxiety
Resources for fostering connection
Well-being resources for parents
Well-being resources for educators
Other coronavirus well-being resources


Resources for stress and anxiety


Resources for fostering connection


Greater Good in Action

Discover science-backed practices for more resilience, connection, and well-being, with step-by-step instructions on how to implement them in your life.


The Science of Happiness podcast

Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. In each episode, a guest tries a specific practice for well-being or connection, and shares their experience.


The Science of Happiness course

While you’re home, try our online, self-paced course, offering skills to boost resilience and well-being in your life. Results from tens of thousands of our students show that it helps them reduce stress and feel more connected to others.


The Greater Good Toolkit

Made in collaboration with Holstee, this toolkit includes 30 science-based practices for a meaningful life.


Well-being resources for parents

Articles for resilience


Practices for parents and kids


Videos for parents and kids


Greater Good in Education

A free online resource for social-emotional learning practices you can weave into your new homeschooling plan.


Well-being resources for educators


Activities and practices for mental health


Activities and resources for learning from home

    • SEL KernelsA set of specific K-6 activities created by Harvard’s EASEL Lab that are commonly used to support the growth and development of social and emotional skills and competencies.


Other coronavirus well-being resources


For parents

    • Kind World Explorers, from Camp Kindness Counts, a Greater Good Parenting grantee: A guidebook to support parents with distance learning that provides activities and example conversations that families can have to help foster communities of compassion.
    • Resilient Parenting, from Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, a Greater Good Parenting grantee: A digital, online parenting tool that can be made available to any families in need of support. It includes topics such as self-care, addressing trauma, how to have difficult conversations with children, and many other very pertinent topics for these times with a focus on character-building. This tool is a partnership between a social worker/case manager and a family, via phone, tablet or laptop that allows for weekly reflection, sharing and support. To receive it, email


For educators

    • Support for Teachers During the COVID-19 Outbreak, from Facing History and Ourselves: Find readings and videos that you can use with your students, even while teaching online. Facing History and Ourselves will also be holding webinars on March 18, 25, and 26 focused on digital learning.




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