Want to know how biology and psychology affect love, relationships and sex? On Valentine's Day, we asked your questions about the "science behind love" to three renowned psychologists/neuroscientists at UC Berkeley: Arthur Aron, Robert Levenson and Emiliana Simon-Thomas.
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The research confirms that even short engagement with nature shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness, joy and amusement
Being in nature can reduce stress, increase positive emotion, restore attention, and lead to more kindness and creativity. Jill Suttie, PsyD enlightens us on how nature is such an important resource for wellbeing, both for adults and kids.
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Dr. Dachner Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science center, as well as a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, so he’s in a special place to discuss some incredibly interesting positive psychological topics like love, awe, teasing, compassion, empathy, gratitude and much more! It’s a fun and fascinating episode where we take a deep look into the science of the good life. Enjoy the show!
Why gratitude is so good for you
A growing body of research says that giving thanks is beneficial for health and performance
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Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments.
Resilience practices can help you confront stress and pain more skillfully, starting with finding silver linings.
Emiliana R Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude.
Gratitude and a mindset of thankfulness are linked with a variety of positive physical, psychological, and social effects. Host Dr. Will Courtenay talks with two neuroscientists, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas from the Greater Good Science Center and Dr. Glenn Fox from the University of Southern California.
How are new tech and services combating age old phenomenon of loneliness.
Studies show that the wealthy are less empathetic than the poor, whether they're driving a car or serving in Congress.
Dacher Keltner's Great Outdoor Lab studies show there are health benefits to being outside.
The United States may soon drop from their position in the top 10.
Thankful people tend to be healthier.
Awe could lead to great health and happiness.
Greater Good Science Center's Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will be teaching the Science of Happiness course in the UAE.
The findings suggest that teachers need more support in understanding the struggles of other communities, said Linda K. Smith, deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development.
The Surprising and Sobering Science of How We Gain and Lose Influence
A select group of 60 chief executive officers from various public departments attended a five-day happiness training programme held recently. The five-month long training, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Greater Good Science Centre - University of California, Berkely, will run until January next year.
Dacher Keltner challenges the notion that powerful people are all Machiavellian sociopaths.
Voice of America reports on how school violence affects our kids. And what schools are doing about it
Dr. Keltner is a renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotions and he studies awe, compassion, beauty and love.
If you take a quick inventory of all the wealthy people and CEOs who’ve made news by being complete, heartless jerks, you’re left with a pretty simple question: who put them in charge? One narrative: Ruthless people win, so it’s the jerks who float to the top. The counter-narrative: power makes us act bad. Most explanations land on some marriage of the narratives, but our next guest has a radically different approach: it’s things like kindness and compassion that make us powerful in our society – but that power makes us the opposite of kind and compassionate.
Mindful people might be happier because they have a better idea of who they are, suggests a new study.
Recent research suggests that the quest for constant bliss is misguided.
A new study suggests that small acts of creativity in everyday life increase our overall sense of well-being.
Greater Good Events
International House at UC Berkeley
April 29, 2017
6 CE Hours
A day-long semiar with GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.
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Greater Good Resources
- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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