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Upcoming Events

Check out the Greater Good Events Calendar.

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.

Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work

Friday: Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Saturday: DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
November 13-14, 2015

The Science of Happiness

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.


The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2016

Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
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.


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Meet the GGSC’s New Fellows

July 22, 2015

Meet an outstanding group of young researchers who are committed to the greater good.


High School Students: Add Your Voice to an Emotion Revolution

June 22, 2015

Complete a short survey to help create positive school climates--and win a chance to meet Lady Gaga!


Announcing Greater Good in Action

May 27, 2015

New online resource offers research-based, hands-on practices to boost happiness, resilience, kindness, and connection.


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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.

Online Summer Courses Attracting College-Bound High Schoolers

New York Times | August 25, 2015

Why high school students are signing up for online classes in advance of college--including the GGSC's "The Science of Happiness."


What Is the Science of Happiness?

Berkeley Wellness | August 7, 2015

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.


Science Vs. Happiness

Science Vs. | July 21, 2015

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.


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Greater Good Events

Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work
Friday: Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Saturday: DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
November 13-14, 2015

Mindfulness and Well-Being at Work

Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!


Watch Greater Good Videos

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.


Greater Good Resources


Book of the Week

Self-Compassion By Kristin Neff Learn to be kind to yourself. A society obsessed with competition doesn't always make that an easy thing to do, but seeking after self-compassion, not self-esteem, is our ticket to happiness.

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"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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