How the Pandemic Can Teach Kids About Compassion

What if this crisis became an opportunity for children to deepen their sense of care?   As a homebound parent with a preschooler, I’ve felt an array of emotions over the past few months during the coronavirus pandemic. I’ve felt sadness and worry about how many people are becoming ill, while being confounded by trying[…]

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[…]

How to Practice Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to sweeping changes and disruptions in nearly every aspect of daily life. With mandates and guidelines changing all the time, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by our own anxieties. It is important to practice empathy during this time, not only for others but for yourself as well.   There[…]

Tips for Getting People to Talk Across Political Differences

Our experience shows that people with widely different viewpoints on big issues can have discussions, find agreement, and collaborate.   Never in recent memory has our country experienced such deep divides in our politics and discourse. People of good will and spirit are unable to understand each other or bridge their differences across not just political[…]

How Americans Can Find What They Have in Common

Can we bridge differences without suppressing what makes us different in the first place? Yes, say social scientists and civic organizations.   The 2002 film My Big Fat Greek Wedding resonated with millions of people around the world—it retains the title of the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history. Why? Perhaps because its central conflict is one that countless[…]

Why Experiencing Joy and Pain in a Group Is So Powerful

Brené Brown explains how to overcome our sense of disconnection and find our common humanity.    Today, our culture is in crisis. Many people have retreated to their ideological bunkers to hate from afar, dehumanizing others rather than risk having real, meaningful conversations across their differences.   How will we find our way back to[…]

Tips for Living With Depression

Everything feels more challenging when you’re dealing with depression. Going to work, socializing with friends, or even just getting out of bed can feel like a struggle.   But there are some things you can do to cope with your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Here are eight tips for living with depression.[…]

Ways to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Everyone Struggles With Confidence   Self-confidence is defined as a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment. Self-confidence is important to your health and psychological well-being.   Having a healthy level of self-confidence can help you become successful in your personal and professional life.   Benefits of Self-Confidence When you believe in yourself,[…]

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

Lessons from Mister Rogers That Can Help Americans Be Neighbors Again   The host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood taught kids critical emotional and social skills that are still relevant to adults today.   Fred McFeely Rogers was a shy, somewhat awkward, and sometimes bullied child growing up in the 1930s. After going to college for what he[…]