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Frans de Waal: Like humans, along with aggression, chimps’ behavior includes reconciliation, empathy and consolation.

Monkeys for Equal Pay

By Barry J. Bergman | March 18, 2015

And every cat for itself! A report on Frans de Waal's recent Greater Good Science Center talk.


Past Stories

Four Ways to Make the Most of Gratitude on Valentine’s Day

By Amie M. Gordon | February 12, 2013

Whether February 14th is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 35th, it's a great excuse to show gratitude for the one you love.


Robert Emmons Argues that Gratitude is “Queen of the Virtues”

By Jason Marsh | September 21, 2012

In a new essay for Big Questions Online, he says we overlook gratitude's greatest benefits when we just focus on happiness.

Some of the speakers who participated in Saturday's Being Human event.

Notes on Being Human

By Jason Marsh | March 26, 2012

A report from the frontiers of human consciousness and connection.


Fox News: GGSC Fellow Study is “Junk”

By Jeremy Adam Smith | December 30, 2011

New media coverage of our research ranges from the helpful to the political.

Do you trust this man? This GGSC's Dacher Keltner.

Is that Stranger Trustworthy? You’ll Know in 20 seconds

By Yasmin Anwar | November 15, 2011

New research co-authored by the GGSC's Dacher Keltner suggests we can instinctively detect whether a stranger is inclined to kindness.


The Limits of David Brooks’ “Limits of Empathy”

By Jason Marsh | October 4, 2011

Does empathy lead to altruism? The New York Times columnist gets it wrong.


All You Need is Love (and Meditation)

By Kelly Erickson | July 27, 2011

Highlights from the last two days of the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology.


Dispatches from the Frontiers of Happiness

By Kelly Erickson | July 25, 2011

Highlights from the first half of the 2nd World Congress on Positive Psychology.

Martin Seligman

Is Happiness Overrated?

By Jason Marsh | May 17, 2011

The founder of positive psychology zeroes in on what really matters.


Is Gross National Happiness Next?

By Jason Marsh | May 2, 2011

New momentum for governments' efforts to track the happiness of their citizens.


Should Lottery Winners Share with Their Colleagues?

By Jason Marsh | April 1, 2011

Greater Good's Jason Marsh writes on that sharing the latest Mega Millions jackpot might bring the winners more happiness than keeping the prize all to themselves.

A real smile or a fake one? Find out how to tell the difference at our Emotional Intelligence Quiz.

Fake Smiles May Be Bad for Your Health

By Jason Marsh | February 22, 2011

A new study suggests how our facial expressions affect our happiness.


Happy: The Movie

By Jason Marsh | February 16, 2011

Sneak preview of new documentary on the science of happiness.


Taming the Tiger Mother

By Jason Marsh | January 27, 2011

Christine Carter discusses "tiger mother" Amy Chua's book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, on CBS Sunday Morning.


Dacher Keltner on BloggingheadsTV with Robert Wright

By Jason Marsh | January 15, 2011

Greater Good's executive editor discusses the science of touch, awe, oxytocin, and more.


Play Date in the New York Times

By Jason Marsh | January 6, 2011

Roots of Empathy on CNN

By Jason Marsh | December 10, 2010

The Canadian emotional literacy program gets such much-deserved national coverage in the U.S.


Christine Carter on Teaching Kids Gratitude

By Jason Marsh | November 24, 2010

A Q&A with our parenting expert.


Race and Happiness

By Jason Marsh | September 15, 2010

A new study suggests that the happiness gap is shrinking between blacks and whites.


Why We Knew Roger Clemens Was Lying

By Jason Marsh | August 23, 2010

His body language betrayed him.

The new Greater Good book on racial bias, coming this summer from Beacon Press.

The Latest on Policing Bias

By Jason Marsh | May 27, 2010

A task force finds evidence of unconscious racial bias among law enforcement--and makes recommendations to curb it.


A Kindness Thought Bubble, Featuring Born to Be Good

By Jason Marsh | April 20, 2010

It'll make your vagus nerve hum!


Not Shocked: Research Parents Can Learn From

By Christine Carter | January 13, 2010

Born to Help

By Jason Marsh | December 1, 2009

The Horse Boy

By Linda Graham | October 27, 2009

Check Out Oakland Local

By Jason Marsh | October 20, 2009

More on Meditation and Your Brain

By Anett Gyurak | October 16, 2009

Military Intelligence Meets Emotional Intelligence

By Jason Marsh | August 18, 2009

University Diversity

By Joy Suzanne Grazer | July 9, 2009

The Daddy Shift in the news

By Jason Marsh | June 25, 2009

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The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It
International House at UC Berkeley
April 29, 2017
6 CE Hours

A day-long semiar with GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.


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