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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, Connection, and Compassion

International House, UC Berkeley
October 2, 2015

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.

 

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.

 

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Announcements

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.

 

The GGSC is Hiring a New Web Editor/Producer!

May 19, 2015

 

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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.

Can Negative Thinking Make You Sick?

Health | June 30, 2015

A growing body of research suggests that negative emotions and thoughts may also have links to other serious health problems, like heart disease.

 

Are We Born Racist?

Berkeley Wellness | June 25, 2015

GGSC Faculty Advisor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on the physical and social tolls of prejudice... and what we can do about it.

 

Why Humans Evolved to Feel Happiness

Fusion | June 22, 2015

The creators of Pixar’s new film Inside Out weren’t just speculating when they broke human emotions into five distinct categories (and corresponding animated characters). The idea that we feel a limited number of emotions—joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and possibly a few others—is grounded in scientific research. To learn more about this spectrum, Fusion spoke with Dr. Dacher Keltner, whom the film’s creators consulted about the science of emotions. In this animated short, Keltner shares his insights on the unique nature of happiness—which, it turns out, is more altruistic than you might think.

 

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Most...

  
  • Four Great Gratitude Strategies

    June 30, 2015

    Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

  • Racism is Not a Mental Illness

    June 22, 2015

    Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

  • Just One Thing: Forgive Yourself

    June 25, 2015

    Everyone makes mistakes. But it takes skill to hush your inner critic!

  

Greater Good Events

Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion
International House, UC Berkeley
October 2, 2015


Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.


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Take a Greater Good Quiz!

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

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Watch Greater Good Videos

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

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Greater Good Resources

 
 
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Book of the Week

The Path to Purpose By William Damon Looks at how children are hampered in their search for meaning, and how concerned adults can help them find it.

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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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