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Born to be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

April 15-17, 2011
Big Sur, California

This seminar offers a path toward a happier, healthier, and more compassionate life. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Dacher Keltner will share tested methods for cultivating and sustaining positive emotions such as amusement, love, awe, gratitude, and compassion, and he’ll explore the myriad long-term benefits of positive emotions for our children, spouses, coworkers, and clients.

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The first day will involve in-depth discussions of the new science surrounding emotions like compassion, awe and the sacred, amusement, gratitude, and forgiveness. Participants will be shown how these emotions shape our brains and bodies, the cultural and community practices that cultivate these emotions, how essential they are to well-being and physical health, and the science-tested practices and skills that can boost these emotions, and in turn an individual’s overall wellbeing. The second day will focus on practice, contemplation, and integrating these emotions more deeply into the activities of daily life. Throughout the workshop, participants will engage in practices that activate these emotions, from narrative exercises to various forms of contemplation.

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Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017
Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017 OR Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips education professionals with prosocial learning strategies, tools and processes that benefit both students and teachers.


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

Roots of Empathy By Mary Gordon Mary Gordon explains how best to nurture empathy and social emotional literacy in all children—and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.

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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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