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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 Greater Good Gratitude Summit

Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA OR Live Webcast | 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.


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 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.


Other Upcoming Events

Mindfulness-Based Therapies for Anxiety and Stress

JFK University, Berkeley, CA | April 5, April 12, and May 2-3, 2014

These event are APA-approved workshops for Mindfulness-based therapies.


2014 Resilience Conference

American Jewish University, Los Angeles | Friday, May 2, 2014

Presenting cutting-edge research and best practices for young adults with autism, learning differences, and ADHD


Positive Business Conference

Ann Arbor, Michigan | May 15-17, 2014

This event will foster positive business making, creating a unique boundaryless approach to problem solving, a fundamental belief in analytically rigorous, evidence-based decision making, and the leading methods of delivering action-based learning at a large scale.


Enrich 2014: Communicating and Learning in Highly Effective Healthcare Systems

Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94306 | June 20, 2014

AACH offers a 5-day intensive and interactive course. Using a learner-centered model, the course features key note presentations, interactive workshop tracks, and small learning group sessions designed to enhance knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to practice and teach relationship-centered communication.


Mindfulness Facilitators Retreat

Upper Retreat Hall, 5000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Woodacre, west Marin | June 22, 2014

This retreat is for those who are currently facilitating or plan to be facilitating mindfulness, or for clinicians using mindfulness in therapeutic interventions. Cosponsored by UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.


28th International Congress of Applied Psychology

Paris, France | July 8-13, 2014

An event that gathers and unites psychologists from all over the world.


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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 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.


Getting Along across Differences

Webinar | Friday, Oct. 11 Noon PST/3 pm ET

Members-only webinar with GGSC Director Dr. Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on the power of cross-group friendships to overcome racism, prejudice, and stigma.


Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion

Craneway Pavilion Conference Center
OR Live Webcast | March 8, 2013

This day-long conference, featuring a keynote by Jon Kabat-Zinn, will illuminate the connections between mindfulness and compassion, focusing on how mindfulness can deepen relationships, enhance caregiving, and build compassion.


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Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Gratitude Summit
Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA OR Live Webcast
June 7, 2014

The Greater Good Gratitude Summit

A day of science, stories, and inspiration, featuring a keynote by Jack Kornfield and Brother David Steindl-Rast. CE credit hours available.


Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!


Dr. Christine Carter's blog on the science of raising happy kids.


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

Making Grateful Kids By Jeffrey Froh and Giacomo Bono Two experts explain how to foster gratitude in children, drawing on new research and compelling real-life stories.

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The Quality of Life Foundation for its support of the Greater Good Science Center

"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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