Emotional experience is much richer than we thought


In science, nothing can be taken for granted; even the most seemingly settled notion is a candidate for further testing and exploration. That’s part of what makes our work at Greater Good so exciting: We’re constantly uncovering research that looks at humanity in new ways, helping us all learn to be happier, more compassionate, and more resilient.

This year’s top insights are a tribute to that spirit. They debunk things we thought we knew, like how many human emotions there are. They inject some questions into the popular discussion of mindfulness, which can at times be overenthusiastic. And they open up new horizons for us to consider, like the possibility of finding purpose later in life and even changing our personality.

Besides tackling misconceptions, this year’s insights also shed light on the importance of social connections—an evergreen theme for Greater Good—and what connection actually looks like in today’s diverse and technological society.

To develop this list, we polled 350 researchers, asking them to name the peer-reviewed findings from the science of a meaningful life that were most provocative, powerful, and influential this year. We narrowed down the nominations from there, considering how the research is viewed today and how it fits into our coverage of the field over the past 15 years. Here are our top choices. To read more from KIRA M. NEWMAN, MARIAH FLYNN, JILL SUTTIE, JEREMY ADAM SMITH, click here.

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