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Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus

Posted by on March 23, 2020 in Health, Prevention with 0 Comments

By  Greater Good | Greater Good Magazine 


At Greater Good, our mission is to share scientific research that can help promote a happier, more compassionate society. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, we’re committed to bringing you stories, tips, and tools for these uncertain times in our global community.

We’ll continue to update this page with resources for individuals, families, and educators. Here are our most recent articles related to COVID-19:

Connect with us live

  • Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays on Facebook Live for teachings and Q&As about finding connection, positivity, and resilience in your life now. Follow us on Facebook for updates.
  • The Greater Good Science Center and Reimagine are partnering to present a Daily Dose of Togetherness every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon through April 3, 2020.  We invite you, for free, to join these special 50-minute virtual experiments where we’ll come together online and in the community to enhance our collective well-being. Find out how to register in advance and keep up with the calendar here.

Other resources below (click to jump to a section):

Resources for stress and anxiety
Resources for fostering connection
Well-being resources for parents
Well-being resources for educators
Other coronavirus well-being resource

Resources for stress and anxiety

Resources for fostering connection

Greater Good in Action

Discover science-backed practices for more resilience, connection, and well-being, with step-by-step instructions on how to implement them in your life.

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The Science of Happiness podcast

Learn research-tested strategies that you can put into practice today. In each episode, a guest tries a specific practice for well-being or connection and shares their experience.


The Science of Happiness course

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While you’re home, try our online, self-paced course, offering skills to boost resilience and well-being in your life. Results from tens of thousands of our students show that it helps them reduce stress and feel more connected to others.

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The Greater Good Toolkit

Made in collaboration with Holstee, this toolkit includes 30 science-based practices for a meaningful life.

Well-being resources for parents

Articles for resilience

Practices for parents and kids

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Videos for parents and kids

Greater Good in Education

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A free online resource for social-emotional learning practices you can weave into your new homeschooling plan.

Well-being resources for educators

Activities and practices for mental health

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Activities and resources for learning from home

Other coronavirus well-being resources

For parents

  • Kind World Explorers, from Camp Kindness Counts, a Greater Good Parenting grantee: A guidebook to support parents with distance learning that provides activities and example conversations that families can have to help foster communities of compassion.
  • Resilient Parenting, from Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota, a Greater Good Parenting grantee: A digital, online parenting tool that can be made available to any families in need of support. It includes topics such as self-care, addressing trauma, how to have difficult conversations with children, and many other very pertinent topics for these times with a focus on character-building. This tool is a partnership between a social worker/case manager and a family, via phone, tablet or laptop that allows for weekly reflection, sharing and support. To receive it, email Heather.Kamia@lssmn.org.
  • Parents and COVID 19: Helping Your Children, from InfoAboutKids.Org: Here are suggestions for talking with younger and older children about COVID-19, as well as suggestions for parents.
  • How to Talk to Children about Difficult News, from the American Psychological Association: Instead of shielding children from the difficult news around us, adults should talk to kids about what is happening.
  • Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019, from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope.
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus, from PBS KIDS for Parents: Share age-appropriate information, provide reassurance, and what they can do to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), from Healthy Children, American Academy of Pediatrics: Tips for parents about what they need to know about COVID-19.

For educators

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Greater Good

Greater Good magazine turns scientific research into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society.

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