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So What Really Makes People Happy?

From Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism | March 20, 2014

Pharrell's feeling "Happy," but how about you? In honor of the UN's International Day of Happiness on March 20, we're delving into what it is that makes us happy and why we should strive for happiness — or not. Christine Carter, sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, shares what it is that makes us most happy.

 

Facebook researchers design Stickers to mimic human emotions

From SF Gate | March 15, 2014

GGSC's Dacher Keltner works with Arthuro Bejar, a Facebook engineer who heads the compassion research, on Stickers.

 

Are Well-Funded PTAs Widening the Education Inequality Gap?

From KQED's Forum | February 14, 2014

The GGSC's Jeremy Adam Smith appears on "Forum" with former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to discuss the widening income disparity between elementary school PTAs. In San Francisco, PTA fundraising for elementary schools has increased by nearly 800 percent over the past decade, and many local schools raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from parents. But where does that leave schools with predominantly low-income students, whose parents may not be able to afford to chip in? Is the disparity in private funding among public schools widening the gap between rich and poor?

 

New Alliance to Boost Number of Minority STEM Ph.D. Students

From Berkeley NewsCenter | February 13, 2014

An unprecedented alliance between UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and Cal Tech aims to remedy a seemingly intractable nationwide problem: Too few underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the mathematical, physical and computer sciences and in engineering are advancing to postdoctoral and faculty ranks at top-tier research universities.

“A sense of community and belonging are important aspects of any academic endeavor,” GGSC director and Berkeley professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton said, “and mentorship and feeling support from one’s mentors are important predictors of a student’s success and choice of profession." Mendoza-Denton is research director for the Alliance’s data collection and analysis work.

 

KPFA Morning Mix with Jeremy Smith

From San Francisco Public Press | 2/6/2014

 

GGSC Helps Facebook Develop Conflict Resolution Tools

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | January 21, 2014

GGSC's founder, Dacher Keltner, and science director, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, help Facebook adopt new, research-tested social resolution tools.

 

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

From KQED MindShift | January 17, 2014

Greater Good education director Vicki Zakrzewski helps explain the science behind the success of the Mindful Life Project, an initiative to establish meditation and mindfulness programs in elementary schools.

 

From the Field: Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude

From CBS Boston | December 23, 2013

Professor Peter Blake of Boston University looks at what motivates kids to be generous. Funded by the GGSC's Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project.

 

Facebook’s Compassion Research Day Taps GGSC Talent

From ABC 7, Bay Area | December 5, 2013

ABC 7 News covers Facebook's Fourth Annual Compassion Research Day, including presentations from Greater Good's founding faculty director, Dacher Keltner, and science director, Emiliana Simon-Thomas.

 

Greater Good’s Musical Connection

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | November 26, 2013

Judging by the ways that our brains and bodies respond, it seems humans may be wired for music. And the GGSC's Development Director, Jesse Antin, is keyed in to that fact

 

People Spend More When They ‘Pay It Forward’

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | November 26, 2013

New research from a GGSC Gratitude Dissertation Fellow sheds new light on the psychological and social forces – such as fairness, obligation, and reciprocity – that guide consumer decisions beyond getting the best deal

 

A Healthy Helping of Thankfulness

From Zev's Blog: Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky | November 22, 2013

Researchers in the burgeoning field of gratitude science are finding a host of psychological and physical benefits associated with feeling and expressing thankfulness

 

Helping New College Students Make the Transition

From The Daily Cal | October 9, 2013

Freshmen who have more self-compassion — the degree to which people kindly treat themselves during distressing situations — better cope with the challenges associated with transitioning into college

 

As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?

From NPR's "All Things Considered" | September 3, 2013

The poor tend to value social connections, psychologists say. But as people become wealthy, they need one another less and — according to some scientists — make fewer connections. GGSC's Dacher Keltner on the generosity divide between rich and poor.

 

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

From Edutopia | August 12, 2013

Vicki Zakrzewski, education director at the GGSC, says that there is a strong relationship between cognitive development and empathy.

 

Are We Hardwired to Be Racist?

From The Daily Circuit | August 15, 2013

GGSC Director Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on Minnesota Public Radio discussing the science of bias

 

The Case for Kindness

From KQED Forum | August 16, 2013

In response to George Saunder's commencement speech promoting kindness above all other life achievements, Dacher Keltner speaks with KQED's "Forum" on how and why to be kind

 

Why lasting compassion matters

From CNN.com | July 10, 2013

GGSC's Jason Marsh on how compassion can spark action after tragedy.

 

Why Those Who Feel They Have Less Give More

From PBS NewsHour | June 20, 2013

NewsHour talks to GGSC Founding Faculty Director Dacher Keltner about why those feel less well-off tend to act more charitably.

 

What Makes Us Happy?

From PBS NewsHour | June 20, 2013

The PBS NewsHour profiles the GGSC in this segment on the link between money and happiness.

 

Are Gratitude and Compassion Unrealistic in Many of Today’s Workplaces?

From KALW Local Public Radio | June 13, 2013

An interview with Jeremy Adam-Smith on gratitude in the workplace.

 

What Made London Samaritan So Brave

From CNN.com | May 26, 2013

Jason Marsh explains why some are as heroic as London's Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

 

Greater Good Science Center Conducts Compassionate Organizations Quiz

From SustainableBrands.com | May 21, 2013

Sustainable Brands explains the GGSC's new Compassionate Organizations Quiz

 

Thanks For Just Doing Your Job

From San Francisco Business Times | May 20, 2013

An article on gratitude highlights Jeremy Adam Smith's suggestions on how to bring gratitude into the workplace.

 

UC Berkeley Helps Facebook Be as Emotionally Rich as Possible

From SF Weekly | May 3, 2013

Dacher Keltner, along with a team of others, creates more nuanced emoticons for Facebook.

 

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