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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

A Year of Mindfulness

Online | Starts Feb. 13, 2017

Awaken presence & compassion in every area of your life


Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference

San Diego, CA | February 10-12, 2017

Creativity, Innovations and Challenges in Mindfulness and Compassion


Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to a Happier Life

Online and in-person in Berkeley | Starts Jan. 31 in Berkeley; Feb. 4 online

An internationally recognized 5-month course taught by James Baraz on opening to life with appreciation, resilience, and an open heart


Health & Well-Being Strategy for Workplace Leaders

Haas Business School | February 1-3, 2017

This conference will help employers set their employee health and well-being strategy based on the latest science and on wisdom learned from the best practices.


“There is No Good Card for This”

Diesel Books, Oakland | January 31, 2017

Dr. Kelsey Crowe discusses her new book “There is No Good Card for This” with the GGSC’s Jason Marsh


Search Inside Yourself: Joy on Demand

Various Cities | October 14, 2016-January 21, 2017

This one-day program offers micro-practices that support joy and therefore happiness and success


Western Positive Psychology Association Conference

Claremont, CA | January 21, 2017

The theme of the 2nd WPPA Conference is “Positive Psychology for Societal Impact”.


Webinar: Awakening Joy in Kids

Online | January 10, 2017

You’ll leave this webinar with newfound skills to raise happier, more fulfilled children.


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.


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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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