The Benefits of Being Open-Minded

Open-mindedness is a characteristic that involves being receptive to a wide variety of ideas, arguments, and information. Being open-minded is generally considered a positive quality. It is a necessary ability in order to think critically and rationally.   If you are not open to other ideas and perspectives, it is difficult to see all of[…]

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[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

Fun Facts About Yourself That Everyone Wants To Hear

If you were to make a list of “fun facts about me,” what would you include?   How to Come Up with Interesting Facts About Yourself Think about your childhood and any interesting, unusual, or relevant events or situations. Consider your family and any unique characters or funny stories about them. What about your talents[…]