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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.

The Science of Happiness


Starts September 9, 2014 - Register Now!

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.

 

Joshua Wolf Shenk on Creativity and the Powers of Two

Hillside Club
September 25, 2014

Author Joshua Shenk in Conversation on creativity and dynamic duos with cofounder of Mother Jones, Adam Hochschild

 

Self-Compassion & the Cultivation of Happiness with Kristin Neff

International House, UC Berkeley campus
November 7, 2014

This day-long seminar led by self-compassion pioneer Kristin Neff, will offer strategies for cultivating self-compassion, boosting happiness, and reducing stress in yourself and others.

 

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Announcements

Boost Your Happiness

August 19, 2014

Five Research-Based Exercises to Help You Up Your Well-Being

 

Happiness in Action for Cal Students

August 8, 2014

Learn the Secrets to the Science of Happiness with a FREE Online Course

 

The Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge

April 28, 2014

The Forgiveness Challenge, launching May 4, will help you discover how the act of forgiving can bring more love and peace to your life.

 

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Find links to articles and webcasts where the Greater Good Science Center, Greater Good magazine, or GGSC staff and faculty are featured.

Cal Launches “Science of Happiness” Course

NBC Bay Area | August 30, 2014

What is the secret to happiness? It’s a question people have been asking for ages. Scholars at UC Berkeley are launching a massive open online course to help answer that question. It's called "The Science of Happiness," and it's starting on Sept. 9. 82,000 students have already signed up. Lead instructor Emiliana Simon-Thomas joins Vicky Nguyen in studio to discuss the course.

 

More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC

UC Berkeley NewsCenter | August 21, 2014

Happiness is a powerful magnet, judging by the number of people who have signed up to take UC Berkeley’s new Science of Happiness Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): More than 76,000, with more than two weeks to go before the class goes live.

 

The Science of Being Happy

Sacramento News & Review | August 7, 2014

In the early 2000s, instead of obsessing on human failings and flaws as psychologists had previously done (think Freud), a new group of professionals suggested a shift in emphasis to what makes humans strong, gritty, resilient … happy. Thanks to pioneers like Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a new field of psychology was born with its best-selling books, national summits and contentment gurus. Developments in the field have only accelerated since then. In fact, science has discovered that we humans can actually be taught many (sometimes unexpected) things about happiness

 

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  • How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

    August 20, 2014

    A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

  • How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

    August 12, 2014

    Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

  • Eight Keys to End Bullying

    August 26, 2014

    Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.

  

Greater Good Events

The Science of Happiness

Starts September 9, 2014 - Register Now!


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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Book of the Week

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain By Sharon Begley Begley explains neuroplasticity: how experience can shape the brain’s structure—and, in turn, change the way our minds and bodies function.

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