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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.

 
  

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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.

 

Could You Go 40 Days Without Being Mean?

From New York Magazine | January 9th, 2015

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.

 

A New Take on Darwin: Humans Are Kind

From GOODNET | January 4th, 2015

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

 

Top Free Online Courses

From The Asian Age | January 4th, 2015

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

 

Here’s the Secret to Sticking to New Year’s Resolutions

From San Jose Mercury News | December 31st, 2014

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

 

Our Heroes: Is There One in Us All?

From Twin Cities | December 19th, 2014

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.

 

The Science of Happiness - with Emiliana Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley

From CultureTalks | December 15, 2014

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!

 

Myths About Boys and Emotions

From Huffington Post Live | December 8, 2014

GGSC Education Director Vicki Zakrzewski talks with HuffPo Live's Marc Lamont Hill about boys, men, and emotions

 

UC Berkeley Rules: Costa Rica is the Happiest Nation on Earth

From The Costa Rica News | December 8, 2014

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.

 

Thanksgiving and Gratitude: The Science of Happier Holidays

From The Wall Street Journal | November 28, 2014

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

 

Mindfulness therapy is effective for depression and anxiety

From Examiner.com | November 28, 2014

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.

 

Does Gratitude Bring Happiness?

From Discovery.com | November 27, 2014

GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude as the key to happiness

 

Developing Practices for Happiness

From Huffington Post | November 26, 2014

HuffPo blogger Susie Wolbe pulls eight practices to boost your well-being from the GGSC's "Science of Happiness" class

 

The Science of Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude Really is Good for You

From California Magazine | November 24, 2014

The how and why of gratitude...just in time for Thanksgiving.

 

Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion

From HealthDay Reporter | November 24, 2014

GGSC"s Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the connection between compassion and better health care.

 

Voices in the Family - Social Responsibility

From WHYY | November 24, 2014

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.

 

What Are You Thankful For?

From The New York Times - The Learning Network | November 20, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you grateful for? Why? Evidence that “an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.” Since then, the link between gratitude and happiness has been studied by many more.

 

Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning

From Sacramento Bee | November 16, 2014

Greater Good Education Editor Vicki Zakrezewski talks to the Sacramento Bee about the benefits of social emotional learning at school.

 

Science of Happiness: The #1 Research-Based Online Happiness Course

From DatingAdvice.com | November 6, 2014

Can you honestly say you’re happy? If you can’t, then there’s no better program to turn your life around than Science of Happiness.

 

TisBest Philanthropy and #GivingTuesday Team Up to Create Gratitude Toolkit

From PR Web | November 11, 2014

Find out more about a new Gratitude Toolkit for students and families -- which includes the Thnx4 platform developed by the Greater Good Science Center

 

Are You a Caregiver? Four Ways to Use Mindfulness to Boost Well-Being

From Huffington Post | November 13, 2014

The role of caregiver is an emotionally, physically and mentally taxing job that usually goes unpaid and on top of other, full-time employment. New research suggests that mindfulness practices can help both caregivers and their loved ones maintain their emotional well-being. Mindfulness techniques are simple, extremely inexpensive, and easily done together. Here are four that may work well for both caregivers and their sick or disabled loved ones.

 

The Science of Gratitude - It Really Is The Little Things

From Medical Daily | November 13, 2014

As the month of November ushers in the holiday season, there’s a sharpened focus on gratitude (though we were and always will be grateful for Halloween candy). People make an extra effort to give thanks for their good fortune, be it their health, a job they love, friends and family they can count on, a personal race record, and/or uninterrupted Netflix time — it can really be anything; gratitude knows no bounds. This often inspires others to give back to those who are less fortunate. And if you didn’t already know, it makes for greater physical and psychological health.

 

Want to Be Happy? Move to Costa Rica

From Forbes | November 13, 2014

To what extent is happiness related to where you live? Which countries have the most—and least—happy students? Are students from wealthier countries happier? As part of an online course called “The Science of Happiness,” launched by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center this Fall, approximately 40,000 students from around the world took a Qualtrics survey where they reported their happiness levels. Forbes used this data to address the questions above, among others.

 

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