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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Is It Safe to See Friends Now That Lockdowns Are Lifting?

Here’s What Experts Say   So your state is allowing group gatherings again. Is it risky to take part?   With stay-at-home orders being lifted in states across the country this month, many of us are wondering, is it actually safe to see family and friends in person right now? And if so, what precautions[…]

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[…]

What to Do When Other People Aren’t Social Distancing

I was recently on our afternoon hike with my wife and kids, dutifully wearing our masks and observing social distancing guidelines. Suddenly a runner without a mask passed us from behind, huffing and puffing his breath cloud into our shared air as he came within two or three feet of us. I was irritated that[…]

What You Can Do About Coronavirus Right Now

You have an essential role to play in slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. The good news is that small changes in personal behavior can buy time — slowing the outbreak, preventing hospitals from becoming overwhelmed and reducing cases until scientists develop treatments and, eventually, a vaccine.  Here’s some practical advice from doctors and public health[…]