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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.

 
  

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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.

 

A Map of Happiness That’s Worth a Thousand Smiley Faces

From Goodnet | November 9, 2014

They say a picture is worth a thousand words – this interactive map of world happiness is worth a thousand smiley faces. Produced by The Greater Good Science Center, the graphic was compiled using data collected from students in the online course, The Science of Happiness.

 

Super G: The Confluence of Gratitude and Giving

From St. Mary's Magazine - St. Mary's College of California | 10/8/2014

There’s more to philanthropy than just doing good and more to gratitude than just saying, “Thanks.” Grateful and generous people are happier, healthier and more positive than people who aren’t, according to emerging data.

 

At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying

From New York Times | 10/22/2014

Of Facebook’s 7,185 employees, Arturo Bejar may have the most difficult job: teaching the site’s 1.3 billion users, especially its tens of millions of teenagers, how to be nice and respectful to one another.

 

8 Ways Forgiveness Is Good For Your Health

From Huffington Post | 10/25/2014

In an era of lawsuits, it can sometimes seem like forgiveness is a concept from biblical times. But a wealth of research suggests we should apply the act to our daily lives because it may hold a myriad of health benefits.

 

The Science of Awe

From The Sierra Club | November 6, 2014

Can psychologists chart what happens when nature blows your mind? The Sierra Club's Jake Abrahamson outlines Dacher Keltner's research on how awe inspires people to act more generously and ethically and feel a deeper connection to others and the world in general.

 

Tweets to make you smile: The secret to happiness, straight from the experts

From CNN | October 1, 2014

With October 3 being World Smile Day, CNN took to Twitter and discovered what tips happiness experts were giving to get us all smiling. So if you're looking for the secret to happiness, and a reason to show those pearly white teeth, then take a look at the these tweets.

 

Interview: Emiliana Simon-Thomas, UC Berkeley’s happiness guru

From The Daily Cal | September 12, 2014

Emiliana Simon-Thomas chats with the Daily Cal about the ins and outs of happiness, if it can be learned, and why so many Millennials — including at least 2,500 from UC Berkeley — signed up for the course.

 

A Free Online Course on the Science of Happiness is Now Underway

From Mindful.org | September 10, 2014

Our friends at the University of California at Berkeley are here to debunk some of the most common happiness myths and provide guidance on finding joy that are based on research findings in psychology and neuroscience.

 

Free Online Course On The Science Of Happiness Is About To Begin

From The Huffington Post | September 8, 2014

On September 9, Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center is launching a free eight-week Science of Happiness course that will offer practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life.

 

Ten Most Popular MOOCs

From Class Central | 9/1/2014

We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.

 

Cal Launches “Science of Happiness” Course

From NBC Bay Area | August 30, 2014

What is the secret to happiness? It’s a question people have been asking for ages. Scholars at UC Berkeley are launching a massive open online course to help answer that question. It's called "The Science of Happiness," and it's starting on Sept. 9. 82,000 students have already signed up. Lead instructor Emiliana Simon-Thomas joins Vicky Nguyen in studio to discuss the course.

 

Charting the Science of Happiness

From The Monthly | 8/29/2014

How can writing a list of things for which you are grateful lead to a healthier immune system and better sleep? Why is spending money on someone else better for your sense of well-being than buying something for yourself? And ultimately, what's the best way to spread the word about these scientific findings regarding happiness to tens of thousands of students across the globe? Those kinds of questions lie at the heart of the Science of Happiness online course offered by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, starting Sept. 9.

 

Happiness 101

From Live Happy | August 28, 2014

September marks the inaugural run of The Science of Happiness, a free online class for happiness seekers worldwide.

 

More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | August 21, 2014

Happiness is a powerful magnet, judging by the number of people who have signed up to take UC Berkeley’s new Science of Happiness Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): More than 76,000, with more than two weeks to go before the class goes live.

 

The Science of Being Happy

From Sacramento News & Review | 8/7/14

In the early 2000s, instead of obsessing on human failings and flaws as psychologists had previously done (think Freud), a new group of professionals suggested a shift in emphasis to what makes humans strong, gritty, resilient … happy. Thanks to pioneers like Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Emiliana Simon-Thomas, a new field of psychology was born with its best-selling books, national summits and contentment gurus. Developments in the field have only accelerated since then. In fact, science has discovered that we humans can actually be taught many (sometimes unexpected) things about happiness

 

Free UC Berkeley Course Teaches “The Science of Happiness”

From RockItFuel Radio | July 19, 2014

UC Berkeley psychology professor and GGSC founder Dacher Keltner discusses happiness, gratitude, the field of positive psychology, and GGSC's upcoming "Science of Happiness" MOOC on RockItFuel Radio.

 

Quit worrying: 4 keys to a cop’s mental and emotional wellbeing

From PoliceOne | June 25, 2014

Environmental and relationship stimuli trigger emotional and chemical responses that can alter our mood, influence the chemistry of our body and brain, and even affect our immune system. For some, the response is momentary, lasting only long enough to avoid or overcome the threat. For others, however, it goes beyond the fight-or-flight response in meeting the threat and sets off obsessive rumination — worry. People who worry too much often view life as overwhelmingly complex, but the solutions to stop worrying are quite simple.

 

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

From KQED: Mind/Shift | June 25, 2014

Assigning genders to toys harms boys, as well. Too often children’s playrooms reinforce gender stereotypes that put boys at risk of failing to gain skills critical for success in life and work. The most important of these? Empathy.

 

The Benefits of Generosity

From Huffington Post | June 13, 2014

The Dalai Lama famously said, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." The same is certainly true for generosity!

 

For Today’s Kids, Achievement and Happiness Trumps Caring For Others

From GreatSchools | July 10, 2014

Only 20 percent of the students said that caring for others was the most essential. That left 80 percent of kids who ranked achievement and their personal happiness as top priorities. In a moment when the country is engaged in a knockdown about education standards, the middle class is disappearing, and there’s a steady drumbeat about our children’s lack of global competitiveness, this news shouldn’t surprise us.

 

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