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Check out the Greater Good Events Calendar.

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.

Upcoming Greater Good Science Center Events

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.


Roman Krznaric on Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It

Hillside Club | November 10, 2014

The School of Life’s Roman Krznaric on his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It. Co-presented by Berkeley Arts & Letters


A Path Appears: Nicholas Kristof

First Congregational Church of Berkeley | December 4, 2014

New York Times op-ed columnist Kristof talks about his new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. Presented by the Greater Good Science Center and Berkeley Arts & Letters


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Upcoming Events Co-sponsored by the GGSC

Empathy and Compassion in Society Conference

Fort Mason Center | November 13-14, 2014

Internationally renowned neuroscientists, psychologists and thinkers share their insights and present methods for developing compassion.


Compassion Week 2014

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco | November 10-16, 2014

A week of events focused on compassion and science, presented by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, and the Charter for Compassion.


Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth

San Diego, CA | February 5-7, 2015

Other Upcoming Events

1st Western Positive Psychology Association (WPPA) Conference

Claremont Graduate University | September 5-7, 2014

Established in 2013, WPPA brings our western region scientific community of faculty, students, and scholars to share their latest rigorous, evidence based empirical research in the science of happiness, excellence and optimal function, plus more.


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.


World’s First Gratitude Parade

Cambridge, MA | September 21, 2014

Project Zero: San Francisco

Lick-Wilmerding High School
755 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, California 94112 | October 10-12, 2014

At Project Zero Perspectives conferences, educators from all contexts are invited to learn from and alongside Project Zero researchers and practitioners. The Project Zero team includes leading researchers, writers, thinkers and leaders in the field of teaching and learning. Their interests include investigations into the nature of intelligence, understanding, thinking, creativity, ethics and other essential aspects of human learning. The professional learning from Harvard’s Project Zero has proven to be transformative for teachers and has direct, practical and powerful application in the classroom.


Hold Me Tight - Workshops for Therapists and Their Partners

San Francisco, CA | October 10-11, 2014

Based on the award-winning EFT approach, this workshop offers a safe and supportive opportunity to help you deepen your understanding of yourself and your partner, communicate better, solve the biggest problem you face together and deepen your closeness.


Intention, Method, and Evaluation - Association for Contemplative Mind

University of Washington | October 10-12, 2014

6th Annual Conference of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education


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Past Events

The Science of a Meaningful Life: Self-Care for Health Professionals

UC Berkeley Campus, International House | April 4, 2014

A day-long seminar for health care professionals featuring Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.


Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators

University of California, Berkeley
Clark Kerr Campus | Friday, June 27 - Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips educators with social-emotional learning tools that benefit both students and teachers.


The Greater Good Gratitude Summit

Craneway Pavilion Conference Center | June 7, 2014

A day of science, stories, and inspiration, featuring a keynote by Jack Kornfield and Brother David Steindl-Rast. CE credit hours available. Live Event SOLD OUT! Webcast Registration NOW CLOSED.


Greater Good at Cal Day 2014

101 Morgan Hall, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA | April 12, 2014

The GGSC’s Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Jeremy Adam Smith talk happiness and well-being at UC Berkeley’s Cal Day


The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain with Dr. Daniel Siegel

The Brower Center, Berkeley, CA | March 11, 2014, 7-8:30 pm

ONLY WAITLIST AVAILABLE—Dr. Daniel Siegel discusses his New York Times bestseller Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain


Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Lasting Inner Strength and Peace

UC Berkeley Campus, International House | Saturday, November 16, 2013

Registration for this event has closed.


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    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.


Take a Greater Good Quiz!

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