November 13-14, 2015
News & Events
The Greater Good Science Center is dedicated to building connections with the community beyond UC Berkeley. By sponsoring public lectures and participating in public symposia we encourage dialogue about the importance of promoting positive emotions and relationships in classrooms, in families, and in our communities at large.
November 13-14, 2015
Register now for the acclaimed online course, re-launching September 8, 2015
A 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.
Sunday, June 26-Friday, July 1, 2016 OR Sunday, July 24-Friday, July 29, 2016
The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with social-emotional learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.
Meet an outstanding group of young researchers who are committed to the greater good.
Complete a short survey to help create positive school climates--and win a chance to meet Lady Gaga!
New online resource offers research-based, hands-on practices to boost happiness, resilience, kindness, and connection.
In the News
Find links to articles and webcasts where the Greater Good Science Center, Greater Good magazine, or GGSC staff and faculty are featured.
Why high school students are signing up for online classes in advance of college--including the GGSC's "The Science of Happiness."
Researchers think of happiness as having satisfaction and meaning in your life. It’s the propensity to feel positive emotions, the capacity to recover from negative emotions quickly, and holding a sense of purpose. Happiness is not having a lot of privilege or money. It’s not constant pleasure. It’s a broader thing: Our ability to connect with others, to have meaningful relationships, to have a community.
We are often told that we can be happy, if we try hard enough. By shifting our mindset, changing our lifestyles, or even writing a gratitude journal – happiness is waiting for all of us! But, what does science say? To find out, science journalist Wendy Zukerman speaks to Prof. Paul Frijters, Ass. Prof. Dianne Vella Brodrick and Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas. We’re also joined by the author of "The Happiness Myth," Jennifer Michael Hecht, as well as comedian Gen Fricker.
Kristin Neff tackles the misconceptions that stop us from being kinder to ourselves.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
Is your mind wandering? Rick Hanson offers seven steps to get it back on track.
Greater Good Events
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Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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