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We’re based at UC Berkeley, but we’re independently funded by memberships and contributions from friends like you, not by the university. Please help us bring you and millions of others the “science of a meaningful life” by joining us today. Become a member of the Greater Good Science Center to experience the benefits of generosity—along with exclusive articles, videos, discounts, and more. Read below for details.

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“Happy” Membership Level Benefits ($50)

While feeling great about supporting our work, you’ll also receive:

  • Our sincere gratitude—each gift is appreciated!
  • Access to members-only content, including full-length videos from our “Science of a Meaningful Life” series and our Summer Institutes for Educators, including Dacher Keltner, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and many others.
  • Access to PDFs from the complete Greater Good archive.
  • A 20% discount on our “Science of a Meaningful Life” seminars and webcasts.
  • Exclusive members-only events, receptions, and webinars
  • $25 off Christine Carter’s Raising Happiness parenting class.
  • 10% off books sold at GGSC’s live events

“Delighted” Membership Level Benefits ($100)

In addition to the mood-lifting oxytocin rush that comes from being generous, you’ll enjoy all of the above benefits, along with:

  • Greater Good Live: A special DVD compilation of talks from our inspiring events, including presentations by Sonja Lyubomirsky, Philip Zimbardo, and Paul Ekman.
  • One annual “Bring a Friend” 50% discount on any “Science of a Meaningful Life” event, in-person or online.
  • 20% off books sold at GGSC’s live events

“Joyous” Membership Level Benefits ($500)

Research shows that spending on others makes people feel happier than simply spending on themselves. When you support our work, you will receive all of the above benefits, plus:

  • 50% off any one GGSC seminar, conference, or event.
  • Preferred seating at all GGSC seminars and events.
  • A personalized autographed GGSC book of your choice.
  • An invitation for you and a friend to attend our annual gathering of GGSC fellows and faculty.

“Ecstatic” Membership Level Benefits ($1,000+)

Did you know that making a financial donation triggers the reward centers of our brains? By making this generous gift to the GGSC at a leadership level, you’ll enjoy that blast of euphoria, complimentary attendance at any one GGSC event, all of the above benefits, and:

  • Support our research fellowships.
  • Underwrite the GGSC’s media initiatives.
  • Help shape our programs.
  • Expand our scope and reach.

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    March 17, 2015

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The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

The Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

Dacher Keltner explains why Darwin thought compassion is humans’ strongest instinct.


The Greater Good Guide to Mindfulness

The Greater Good Guide to Mindfulness

This invaluable resource, a special benefit for GGSC members, offers insight into what mindfulness is, why it’s important, and how to teach it.

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The Science of Happiness

Self-Paced Course Is Now Live! Take It at Your Own Pace Through May 2015
The Science of Happiness

An unprecedented free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Co-taught by the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas. Up to 16 CE credit hours available.

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