Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times

Doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through these difficult times: Try a little laughter.   Some enlightened doctors, nurses and therapists have a prescription for helping all of us to get through this seemingly never-ending pandemic: Try a little laughter.   Humor is not just a distraction[…]

Developing Emotional Awareness: What We Can Learn from Children’s Instincts

When Kenneth Hill’s study on wilderness survival rates first came out, his discovery shocked people: Children aged six and under consistently survived more effectively than even trained demographics like experienced hunters, fit hikers, former members of the military, and skilled sailors.   How is this possible? Laurence Gonzales breaks down what children do differently from adults in[…]

Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Emotions

Emotion-Focused and Problem-Focused Strategies   Whether you’ve been dumped by your date or you’ve had a rough day at the office, having healthy coping skills can be key to getting through tough times. Coping skills help you tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life. Managing your stress well can help you feel better physically and[…]

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[…]

Simple Steps to Manage Overwhelming Emotions

There’s so much pain and raw emotion in our communities and across the world right now. And when our emotions reach a certain degree of intensity, we lose our ability to focus or think rationally. Our emotions consume us, and these overwhelming feelings make day-to-day life more difficult than ever.   Some of the most[…]

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[…]

5 Ways to Cope With Emotional Stress

Emotional stress can be particularly painful and be challenging to deal with, can take more of a toll that many other forms of stress. Part of the reason is that thinking about a solution, or discussing solutions with a good friend—coping behaviors that are often useful and effective in solving problems—can easily deteriorate into rumination and co-rumination,[…]

Emotional Intelligence is the Most Critical Skill Needed Right Now

Emotions impact essentially everything we do, think, and say, and for this reason, a whole set of critical business skills are all enhanced by emotional intelligence (EQ). Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in ourselves and others, and our ability to use this awareness to manage our behavior and relationships.[…]