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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Compassion, Mindfulness, and Well-Being
May 15, 2009
This one-day seminar will cover strategies for building resilience, reducing stress, and strengthening relationships with colleagues, clients, family, and friends.
This one-day seminar will cover strategies for building resilience, reducing stress, and strengthening relationships with colleagues, clients, family, and friends. Drawing on cutting-edge research from psychology and neuroscience, renowned UC Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner will highlight the strong connections between happiness, compassion, and altruism, showing how a meaningful life isn’t just good, but good for you. His presentation will reveal the health and social benefits that come from practicing trust, empathy, gratitude, kindness, and other positive behaviors. For instance, cultivating feelings of gratitude have been shown to boost people’s health, make them happier, and improve their relationships. He will also provide a deeper understanding of people who have trouble forming relationships, such as those with social disorders like autism.*
The seminar will feature a brief presentation by best-selling author and mind-body health pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dr. Kabat-Zinn will share lessons learned from developing and implementing mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and other mindfulness-based interventions over the past 30 years. In particular, he will identify how these interventions can promote growing, healing, and transformation across the lifespan. His talk and Q&A will help participants understand how practices that cultivate mindfulness, acceptance, equanimity, insight, and compassion can lead to profound and positive changes in health and well-being.
* Dr. Keltner first delivered this presentation on February 27, 2009. Here’s what one attendee said about it:
“ Dacher Keltner’s ‘Science of a Meaningful Life’ seminar changed my life. The content was mind-blowing for me and my work. People should know that there is this amazing resource to help them in their work toward making their lives, their families, and their communities happier and healthier.”—Lynn Johnson, Oakland, CA
Attendees Will Learn To:
Be conversant in the latest research on social and emotional well-being, drawing from neuroscience and positive psychology
Understand how to apply this research to personal and professional relationships
Be better equipped to diagnose different disorders like depression and autism
Develop effective ways to handle stress, build resilience, and cultivate happiness in their personal and professional lives
Apply tools of mindfulness to their work and personal lives
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and check in
9:00 - 10:30 The evolution and neuroscience of social well-being
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Compassion, empathy, and gratitude as paths to social
well-being and the meaningful life
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (on your own)
1:00 - 2:00 Presentation by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, on mindfulness
2:00 - 2:15 Break
2:15 - 3:15 Breakdowns in social and emotional well-being: autism,
depression, antisocial disorder
3:15 - 3:30 Break
3:30 - 4:45 Practical steps toward cultivating the meaningful life for
yourself, friends, family, and clients
Greater Good Seminar Series
The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) is an interdisciplinary research center, based at UC Berkeley, that explores the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior.
Its “Science of a Meaningful Life” seminar series is designed to help audiences apply groundbreaking scientific findings to their personal and professional lives, especially for mental health workers and other care providers.
This series is made possible through a generous grant from the Quality of Life Foundation.
The Greater Good Science Center, the Quality of Life Foundation, R. Cassidy Seminars, and the International House at UC Berkeley.
This seminar is approved for 6 CE credit hours.
Psychologists R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. (6) hours.
Social Workers CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.
Marriage and Family Therapists CA: Course meets the qualifications for (6) hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE418. This course provides 6 CE hours.
Chemical Dependency Counselors Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program for (6) contact hours. Approval #000654. CA: Provider approved by CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0210 for (6) CEHs.
Occupational Therapists: Occupational therapists will receive a certificate of completion for 6 PDUs.
Nurses - CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP12224, for (6) contact hours.