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The Science of a Meaningful Life: Why To Be Good, How To Be Happy

September 10, 2009
Berkeley, CA

This one-day seminar will cover strategies for building resilience, reducing stress, and strengthening relationships with colleagues, clients, family, and friends.

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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 psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of the best-selling book The How of Happiness and one of the world’s leading experts on the science of happiness. Building on her groundbreaking research, Dr. Lyubomirsky will share a detailed yet easy-to-follow program to increase health and happiness in participants’ day-to-day lives, including a dozen unique “happiness strategies.” She will also help participants understand the many obstacles to happiness, and discuss the factors critical to overcoming these obstacles.

Attendees Will Learn to:
Discuss the latest research on social and emotional well-being, drawing from neuroscience and positive psychology
Utilize this research in personal and professional relationships
Diagnose different disorders like depression and autism
Develop effective ways to handle stress and build resilience
Apply concrete, research-tested strategies for cultivating happiness to their personal and professional lives

Agenda
(All sections led by Dacher Keltner unless otherwise noted) 

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.      Registration and check in
9:00 - 10:00           Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, on “The How Of Happiness”
10:00 - 10:15         Break
10:15 - 11:30         The evolution and neuroscience of social well-being
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)
12:30 - 1:45           Compassion, empathy, and gratitude as paths to social well-being and the                     meaningful life
1:45 - 2:00           Break
2:00 - 3:00           Breakdowns in social and emotional well-being: autism,
                      depression, antisocial disorder
3:00 - 3:15           Break
3:15 - 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.


Become A Member of the Greater Good Science Center And Receive Discounts
Discounts are provided to members of the Greater Good Science Center. To become a member, go to www.greatergoodscience.org.


This series is made possible through a generous grant from the Quality of Life Foundation.


Co-Sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center and R. Cassidy Seminars.


Continuing Education
Course approval for Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists, Counselors and Nurses

This seminar is approved for 6 CE 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 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.

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