Shedding Light in the Darkness

How to Improve Our Lives – Greater Good in Action


Greater Good in Action is a new online resource offering science-based exercises to boost personal well-being. GGIA builds on the premise – backed up by cutting-edge research – that happiness, resilience, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time.

The site has synthesized hundreds of scientific studies that point to the best methods for developing positive skills such as gratitude, mindfulness, and empathy.

“More and more, our readers have been telling us that they understand why these skills are worth developing—now they want more guidance for how to develop them,” says Jason Marsh, director of programs. “That’s where Greater Good in Action comes in.”

Each of the exercises—or “practices”—on the site is broken down into step-by-step instructions, with references to studies that suggest why and how the practice works. The practices are also labeled by difficulty level—casual, moderate, or intensive. Some take just five to 10 minutes to complete.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. The New York Times recently called the GGSC “the epicenter for research on happiness and gratitude.


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