There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good. Listen to the interview at the link!
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U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. But just a few blocks away from campus, you’ll find the school’s Greater Good Science Center, where one scientist focuses on something different - the science of Happiness. Listen to an interview with Emiliana Simon-Thomas, and read about happiness and forgiveness!
"The riveting discovery happened early in my career when I was 21," Gazzaniga said. "A surgeon disconnects two hemispheres on Monday. On Tuesday, the patient has two minds. What does the split-brain tell us? The mind is rooted in biology; it's not an abstract concept floating around." Read on:
Listen to Radiolab discuss GGSC's work with Facebook on reducing user conflict and improving user interaction: find the podcast after the link!
We’re all in search of ways to become more productive, less stressed and better balanced between work and play. Sociologist and happiness expert Christine Carter talks about the strategies that work. (Audio interview)
More and more California school districts are including social emotional learning in their curricula. Follow the link to watch a news piece with an interview with GGSC's Vicki Zakrzewski.
Dacher Keltner's taken the lead on making Facebook a happier place for its users by introducing more sophisticated emoticons and automatic messages to diffuse conflicts and negative interactions. Read the full interview after the link!
The GGSC's former director on routines, will power, and finding your sweet spot.
Dacher Keltner discusses awe and the effect it has on our daily lives
Dacher Keltner presents his findings on how power correlates to selfishness, including how power affects manners.
Dacher Keltner on some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.
Could you go 40 days without being mean? UC Berkeley's Dacher Keltner weighs in on the consequences of being kind and why people say bad things.
Greater Good Science Center founder, Dacher Keltner, addresses (and debunks) some well-known beliefs about human nature and shows through neurological research that people are hardwired to care for others
An online learning initiative from Harvard and MIT gives a quick preview on the online course 'The Science of Happiness' offered through UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center
Don't let your new year's resolutions get out of reach. Here are a few secrets for successful resolutions with a part from GGSC's Christine Carter
Heroism isn't always associated with risking your life. It can be as simple as doing the right thing and making sure you lend a hand to others.
Watch an interview with our Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas and explore happiness, the science behind it, and important tools and exercises to foster happiness in your own life!
GGSC Education Director Vicki Zakrzewski talks with HuffPo Live's Marc Lamont Hill about boys, men, and emotions
In their online course “The Science of Happiness”, UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center measured the subjective happiness of more than 40,000 students from 58 countries. They found that social connectedness is a greater factor in a country's net happiness than national GDP, and individual priority and stress in a nation's culture seem to detract from happiness.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of materialism, which has been shown to undermine happiness. There’s a simple antidote: Practice gratitude. A WSJ op-ed by the GGSC's Jason Marsh and Dacher Keltner
New research indicates that group mindfulness treatment, when conducted by certified instructors in primary health care, is as effective a treatment method as individual cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude as the key to happiness
HuffPo blogger Susie Wolbe pulls eight practices to boost your well-being from the GGSC's "Science of Happiness" class
The how and why of gratitude...just in time for Thanksgiving.
GGSC"s Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the connection between compassion and better health care.
The holiday season is here… and while it is filled with gift-giving, it’s also a good time to talk about opportunities to make the world a better place. The podcast begins with our brains and discovers with Emiliana Simon-Thomas how we are hard-wired to be caring. Barbara Shaiman will talk about her book, Live Your Legacy Now, and give you a plan to inspire your family to identify a project and create a living legacy of good works. Later, hear about Philly Do-Gooder and how to maximize volunteerism.
Recent research backs up Friedrich Nietzsche.
Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.
A new book applies science to figuring out how to build a place where people actually look forward to work.
Greater Good Events
Sibley Auditorium, UC Berkeley Campus
March 9, 2015
Frans de Waal—one of Discover’s 47 Great Minds of Science—reviews expressions of empathy and the sense of fairness in animals.
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Take a Greater Good Quiz!
How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!» TAKE A QUIZ
Watch Greater Good Videos
Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.Watch
Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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