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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.

Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
March 9, 2015

Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.

 

Taking in the Good with Dr. Rick Hanson

International House at UC Berkeley
March 14, 2015

In this day-long presentation, renowned teacher and best-selling author Rick Hanson will explore how mindful attention to positive experiences can cultivate happiness, resilience, love, and inner peace.

 

The Journalism of Well-Being: Reporting on Mindful Work and Positive Psychology

Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, North Gate Hall - Library, UC Berkeley
March 18, 2015

Jason Marsh and David Gelles on Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Work from the Inside Out

 

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Announcements

Call for Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship Proposals

February 4, 2015

Interested in researching compassion and healthcare? Consider applying for the Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship!

 

Request for Proposals: GGSC Gratitude Postdoctoral Fellowship

January 14, 2015

The GGSC continues Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude with a two-year Gratitude Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity!

 

Boost Your Happiness

August 19, 2014

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

 

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The Spiritual Edge: The key to happiness? It’s in the science

KALW (NPR San Francisco) | February 18, 2015

U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. But just a few blocks away from campus, you’ll find the school’s Greater Good Science Center, where one scientist focuses on something different - the science of Happiness. Listen to an interview with Emiliana Simon-Thomas, and read about happiness and forgiveness!

 

Professor Dacher Keltner talks about the Science of Happiness

KALW (NPR San Francisco) | February 18, 2015

There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good. Listen to the interview at the link!

 

Emiliana Simon-Thomas & Michael S. Gazzaniga discuss the split brain

InsideBayArea: Oakland | February 17, 2015

"The riveting discovery happened early in my career when I was 21," Gazzaniga said. "A surgeon disconnects two hemispheres on Monday. On Tuesday, the patient has two minds. What does the split-brain tell us? The mind is rooted in biology; it's not an abstract concept floating around." Read on:

 

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Greater Good Events

Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
March 9, 2015


Frans de Waal on Prosocial Primates: Empathy in Animals and Humans

Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.


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Take a Greater Good Quiz!

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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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Book of the Week

Born for Love By Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz Szalavitz and Perry examine the development of empathy in children, why it is crucial for society, and how it may be threatened in the modern world.

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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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