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Can Negative Thinking Make You Sick?

From Health | June 26, 2015

A growing body of research suggests that negative emotions and thoughts may also have links to other serious health problems, like heart disease.

 
  

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Are We Born Racist?

From Berkeley Wellness | June 25, 2015

GGSC Faculty Advisor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on the physical and social tolls of prejudice... and what we can do about it.

 

Why Humans Evolved to Feel Happiness

From Fusion | June 22, 2015

The creators of Pixar’s new film Inside Out weren’t just speculating when they broke human emotions into five distinct categories (and corresponding animated characters). The idea that we feel a limited number of emotions—joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and possibly a few others—is grounded in scientific research. To learn more about this spectrum, Fusion spoke with Dr. Dacher Keltner, whom the film’s creators consulted about the science of emotions. In this animated short, Keltner shares his insights on the unique nature of happiness—which, it turns out, is more altruistic than you might think.

 

Does the Death Penalty Bring Closure?

From CNN.COM | May 21, 2015

GGSC's Jason Marsh on why the severe sentence brought down on the Boston Bomber may not help his victims heal.

 

What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness

From New York Magazine | May 14, 2015

New York Magazine's Science of Us column covers Jill Suttie's story on recent research on the power of moral elevation

 

All About Awe

From | May 14, 2015

Read about awe's role in the science of cognition, mental health, personal growth, and emotions--featuring our own Dacher Keltner!

 

Dacher Keltner: High-Fives and the Science of Emotion in Sport

From Positive Coaching Alliance | April 10, 2015

GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on his research into the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, social class, and inequality...and how some of those manifest in sport.

 

Your Call: Are our schools resegregating?

From KALW (NPR San Francisco) | March 23, 2015

Listen to a KALW/NPR podcast on diversity (or the lack thereof) in schools, featuring our own Jeremy Adam Smith.

 

Take Control of Your Tech Habits (Infographic)

From Mindful.org | March 17, 2015

Check out this handy infographic paired with an article by Christine Carter for commonsense strategies for keeping digital devices from ruling your life:

 

An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You

From The New York Times | March 26, 2015

New research from GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on how and why awe is so great for us.

 

Thank You, Fellow People

From The Huffington Post | March 23, 2015

GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas launches the Huffington Post's new Gratitude section with a universal thank you to her fellow humans

 

Are Our Schools Re-Segregating?

From KALW's "Your Call" | March 22, 2015

The GGSC's Jeremy Adam Smith appears on KALW Radio's "Your Call" to talk about his recent story on racial segregation in San Francisco public schools

 

Searching for a Lifetime of Happiness

From The New Zealand Herald | March 15, 2015

Author Greg Bruce tires of being morose and investigates the secrets of finding joy in your life - through GGSC's Science of Happiness online course

 

Up Your Empathy

From Life Reimagined | March 12, 2015

The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas on how increasing your connection to other makes reimagination easier

 

For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal

From The Daily Cal | March 6, 2015

Research (and experience) shows, keeping a gratitude journal on a weekly basis experience a host of benefits! Read more in UC Berkeley's student newspaper, the Daily Californian.

 

The Spiritual Edge: The key to happiness? It’s in the science

From KALW (NPR San Francisco) | February 18, 2015

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!

 

Professor Dacher Keltner talks about the Science of Happiness

From KALW (NPR San Francisco) | February 18, 2015

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!

 

Emiliana Simon-Thomas & Michael S. Gazzaniga discuss the split brain

From InsideBayArea: Oakland | February 18, 2015

"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:

 

Trust Engineers

From Radiolab | February 9, 2015

Listen to Radiolab discuss GGSC's work with Facebook on reducing user conflict and improving user interaction: find the podcast after the link!

 

Interview: How To Be Happier, with Christine Carter

From KERA (NPR) | February 4, 2015

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)

 

CA Schools Look to Add “Social Emotional Learning” to Curriculum

From ABC7 News | February 2, 2015

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.

 

Facebook Got You Down?

From Diablo Magazine | January 26, 2015

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!

 

Christine Carter on Managing Life’s Complexities

From Berkeleyside | January 20, 2015

The GGSC's former director on routines, will power, and finding your sweet spot.

 

AWE: FOR ALTRUISM AND HEALTH?

From Slate.com | January 14th, 2015

Dacher Keltner discusses awe and the effect it has on our daily lives

 

Powerful People Are Messy Eaters, Maybe

From New York Magazine | January 13th, 2015

Dacher Keltner presents his findings on how power correlates to selfishness, including how power affects manners.

 

How Power Makes People Feel Selfish

From University of California YouTube Channel | January 13, 2015

Dacher Keltner on some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.

 

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  • Four Great Gratitude Strategies

    June 30, 2015

    Here are the key research-based principles for turning gratitude into a lasting habit, drawing from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.

  • How the GGSC Helped Turn Pixar “Inside Out”

    June 19, 2015

    Greater Good Science Center director Dacher Keltner provided scientific advice to Pixar's new family film.

  • Racism is Not a Mental Illness

    June 22, 2015

    Many people argue that the white man who killed nine black people in Charleston must be mentally ill. What does the science suggest?

  

Greater Good Events

Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion
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October 2, 2015


Mindfulness, Connection, and Compassion

A special day-long event with Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D., and Dan Siegel, M.D.


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