Ways to Successfully Cultivate Social Wellness for Life

What is social wellness?  It is about nurturing ourselves, others and our relationships. Social wellness consists of not only balancing our own physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, but also actively participating as an interdependent piece of the bigger puzzle of humankind.  Thus, even as we care about our personal connections, we also care about[…]

The Harmful Effects of Racial Stereotyping

We all have stereotypes about other people. And those stereotypes can hurt you as well as the individual you’re stereotyping. Here’s how to become more aware of your stereotypes and the impact they have.   Racial stereotyping involves a fixed, overgeneralized belief about a particular group of people based on their race. And while some[…]

Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won’t Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones

“I’m having the absolute worst day,” a friend of mine said as she sighed and plopped herself down in the chair across from me at a restaurant where we were meeting for after-work drinks and appetizers.   “Oh, no! What’s going on?” I asked her, giving her the prompt she needed to launch into her[…]

Is Watching the News Bad for Mental Health?

The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior, and emotions. If you’ve fallen into a pattern of regularly watching or listening to the news, the majority of what you’re consuming is likely about the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.   And while staying up to date on local and national news, especially as it relates[…]

Celebrating Juneteenth with Tools for Support, Understanding, and Solidarity

This Juneteenth, we’re sharing resources that might move us all toward more fully claiming our humanity.   On Juneteenth, African Americans celebrate emancipation from slavery. On this day we at the Greater Good Science Center would like to share some of the tools we’ve published through the years that attend to the well-being of black folks,[…]

Tips for Discussing Racial Injustice in the Workplace

In recent years, psychologists have done significant research on the impact of systemic racism. Specifically, researchers including Wong et al. (2014) and Bilotta et al. (2019) have explored two kinds of systemic racism—overt and aversive.   Overt racism is the type exhibited directly in the form of racial slurs, castigation of others and explicit bias against a racial group. Aversive racism[…]

What Will It Take to Bridge Our Differences?

Here are some core insights from the GGSC’s virtual summit on dialogue and understanding across our differences.   We were supposed to meet face to face to talk about how Americans could bridge their differences.   But we couldn’t. COVID-19 prevented us from physically coming together. And so the staff of the Greater Good Science[…]