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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!

 
  

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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.

 

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.

 

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