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Tips for Getting Power, and Keeping it

From WNYC | May 19, 2016

GGSC Director and Berkeley Psychology Professor Dacher Keltner explains how we gain, use, abuse, and lose power in an interview with radio's "The Takeaway."


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The Power Paradox

From A2A | May 19, 2016

Dacher Keltner talks about his new book, The Power Paradox, with The A2A Alliance.


How to win friends and influence people? Be kind

From Berkeley News | May 17, 2016

Dacher Keltner posits that our influence is based not on veiled or naked power grabs, but on virtues such as empathy, generosity and cooperation.


How Modern Power Works: Less Game of Thrones, More Black Lives Matter

From The Guardian | May 10, 2016

Social psychologist Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox, says the key to success is changing. The Machiavellian rule of the Lannisters is less effective than ground-up collaboration


Does Power Really Corrupt?

From The Economist | May 3, 2016

An argument about whether powerful people behave better or worse than others is shaking the world of experimental psychology. Matthew Sweet investigates


Next Level Living Episode 8: The Science Of Gratitude

From Huffington Post | March 8, 2016

GGSC's Jason Marsh and Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas explain the science of gratitude.


City Visions: The Mindfulness Revolution - Inspiring Corporate America?

From | February 29, 2016

On February 29, 2016 host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways Bay Area companies are incorporating mindfulness into the workplace


As Twitter Blows the Whistle on Trolls, A Cal Scholar’s Celebrity Makes Her a Target

From California Magazine | February 25, 2016

GGSC's Dacher Keltner uses the science of cooperation and compassion to empower Twitter users to engage in more productive free speech.


Facebook Reactions, the Totally Redesigned Like Button, Is Here

From Wired | February 24, 2016

How GGSC's Dacher Keltner helped conceive and design Facebook's new reaction buttons.


Should Schools Teach Emotional Skills?

From Berkeley Wellness | February 23, 2016

An interview with GGSC's education director, Vicki Zakrzewski


Study shows virtues, not vices, lead to more effective political leadership

From UC Berkeley News | February 16, 2016

GGSC director Dacher Keltner is co-author of a new research paper showing that stable virtuous traits enhance the ability to convert power into influence, at least when it comes to the 151 members of the U.S. Senate who served between January 1989 and December 1998.


Dacher Keltner tapped to foster a kinder Twittersphere

From UC Berkeley News | February 12, 2016

GGSC director and UC Berkeley psychology professor Dacher Keltner has been appointed to Twitter’s new “Trust & Safety Council,” an advisory panel tasked with helping to combat trolls, abuse and harassment on the 10-year-old microblogging site.


Children’s Books Embedded With Racism As A Teaching Opportunity

From NPR | January 24, 2016

Should parents pass up a good story because reading it to their child means wrestling with outdated racial stereotypes? NPR's Rachel Martin asks Greater Good web editor Jeremy Adam Smith.


We Are Built to Be Kind

From UC Berkeley | 2015

Human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry, but research by Dacher Keltner finds that we are hard-wired to be kind.


BetterWorldians Radio Gratitude Series

From BetterWorldians Radio | December 14, 2015

For the final episode of BetterWorldians Radio’s Gratitude Series, the team talked with the Greater Good Science Center about its Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project. Science Director Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas discussed the fascinating research being done about the benefits of gratitude and how it’s improving lives and relationships.


When the holidays aren’t what they’re cracked up to be

From Minnesota Public Radio | December 23, 2015

The holidays aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be and between the mass marketing that creates a “reality” that no sane human can live up to, and the baggage we bring from the other 364 days of the season, it can be a bit much. Minnesota Public Radio talks to GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas about holiday expectations and realities.



From Experience Life! | December 2015

Dacher Keltner helps us discover how the feeling of awe can make us humbler, kinder, and more altruistic.


Want to reward employees? Show gratitude

From Miami Herald | November 25, 2015

GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas on why showing gratitude at work is so important.


Public radio to air the many ways to say ‘thank you’

From Berkeley News | November 25, 2015

As the holiday season begins, appreciation in its many facets is the topic of a one-hour radio special on “The Science of Gratitude” produced by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Ben Manilla Productions.


Is our fear hurting us?

From | November 23, 2015

Greater Good web editor Jeremy Adam Smith writes about how our brains are hard-wired to exaggerate threats and what that may mean for foreign policy.


How gratitude can change lives

From The Deseret News | November 22, 2015

Studying how gratitude impacts lives is some of the most important research being done today because gratitude costs so little compared to the benefits it offers.


Mindfulness at work: the body, mind, bottom-line connection

From San Jose Mercury News | October 26, 2015

Encouraging employees to take time out of a busy workday to enjoy some deep breathing and self-compassion seems antithetical to the hard-charging, high-tech nature of modern American business. Then again, the hard-charging way, mindfulness proponents say, has made many American workplaces toxic and draining.


Mindfulness at Work: Can You Transform Your Job?

From Berkeley Wellness | October 23, 2015

In this age of constant distractions and long hours, it’s difficult to find even a few minutes of time to reflect. Yet finding that time and space can help ease the stresses of your demanding working life. Greater Good Editorial Director Jason Marsh discusses the benefits of mindfulness at work in an interview with Berkeley Wellness.


Pursuit of Happiness: We’re Not Trying Too Hard—We’re Just Not Trying the Right Things

From California Magazine | October 22, 2015

Obsessing about happiness often makes people more melancholy and lonely—and could even increase the risk of depression and bipolar disorder. In fact, several studies suggest that wanting to be happy may be counterproductive for the health of Americans. But does the same paradox exist elsewhere?


Online Summer Courses Attracting College-Bound High Schoolers

From New York Times | August 25, 2015

Why high school students are signing up for online classes in advance of college--including the GGSC's "The Science of Happiness."


What Is the Science of Happiness?

From Berkeley Wellness | August 7, 2015

Researchers think of happiness as having satisfaction and meaning in your life. It’s the propensity to feel positive emotions, the capacity to recover from negative emotions quickly, and holding a sense of purpose. Happiness is not having a lot of privilege or money. It’s not constant pleasure. It’s a broader thing: Our ability to connect with others, to have meaningful relationships, to have a community.


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