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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.

Past Events

Mindful Self-Compassion: Core Skills Training

International House | December 9-10, 2016

This workshop is an introduction to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an empirically-supported training program based on the pioneering research of Kristin Neff and the clinical perspective of Chris Germer.


Ahimsa Center’s Seventh Biannual Conference on Nonviolence

Cal Poly Pomona | November 18-20, 2016

The conference theme is: Giving and Forgiving.


Mind & Life Institute ICSC 2016

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina | November 10-13, 2016

The Premier Meeting for Contemplative Studies


Mindful Leadership Summit

| November 3 - 6, 2016

This Unique Conference is Devoted Entirely to Mindful Leadership.


Book Talk with Allison Gopnik

Education Psychology Library, UC Berkeley | November 1, 2016

Professor Gopnik will discuss her new book.


Children and Authenticity Conference 2016

Teachers College Columbia University, New York City |

The conference is designed as a gathering of thinkers, including educators, parents, policy makers, public-opinion leaders, philanthropists, business leaders, and the media.


2016 National Forum on Character Education

Grand Hyatt | October 14 -15, 2016

Educate, Inspire, Empower: Building Productive and Caring Citizens


The Art and Psychology of Resistance

180 Doe Library | October 10, 2016

How does one remain resilient and generative in the face of state-sponsored violence and oppression?


Being Mindfully Self-Compassionate: A Daylong Retreat

Asilomar Conference Grounds Pacific Grove, CA | October 8, 2016

This retreat will be taught by two licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) who are a certified compassion cultivation training (CCT) teachers through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).


Changing the Odds Conference 2016

Dallas or Online | October 6 - October 7, 2016

This unique and dynamic event explores how essential social emotional health habits, like mindfulness, gratitude and kindness, rewire the brain to increase compassion.


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Greater Good Events

The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It
International House at UC Berkeley
April 29, 2017
6 CE Hours

The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It

A day-long semiar with GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.


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

How Pleasure Works By Paul Bloom Bloom explores a broad range of human pleasures from food to sex to religion to music. Bloom argues that human pleasure is not purely an instinctive, superficial, sensory reaction; it has a hidden depth and complexity.

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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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