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Online Summer Courses Attracting College-Bound High Schoolers

From New York Times | August 25, 2015

Why high school students are signing up for online classes in advance of college--including the GGSC's "The Science of Happiness."


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What Is the Science of Happiness?

From Berkeley Wellness | August 7, 2015

Researchers think of happiness as having satisfaction and meaning in your life. It’s the propensity to feel positive emotions, the capacity to recover from negative emotions quickly, and holding a sense of purpose. Happiness is not having a lot of privilege or money. It’s not constant pleasure. It’s a broader thing: Our ability to connect with others, to have meaningful relationships, to have a community.


Science Vs. Happiness

From Science Vs. | July 20, 2015

We are often told that we can be happy, if we try hard enough. By shifting our mindset, changing our lifestyles, or even writing a gratitude journal – happiness is waiting for all of us! But, what does science say? To find out, science journalist Wendy Zukerman speaks to Prof. Paul Frijters, Ass. Prof. Dianne Vella Brodrick and Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas. We’re also joined by the author of "The Happiness Myth," Jennifer Michael Hecht, as well as comedian Gen Fricker.


41 Science-Based Actions For A Meaningful Life

From The Huffington Post | July 8, 2015

Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness: these aren't just central qualities of a well-lived life, but skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.


Take a ‘Savoring Walk’

From Washington Post | July 15, 2015

Research-based strategies to help you appreciate this life


The Science of “Inside Out”

From New York Times | July 3, 2015

GGSC Founder Dacher Keltner and emotions expert Paul Ekman on the emotional life of Pixar's "Inside Out."


Can Negative Thinking Make You Sick?

From Health | June 26, 2015

A growing body of research suggests that negative emotions and thoughts may also have links to other serious health problems, like heart disease.


Are We Born Racist?

From Berkeley Wellness | June 25, 2015

GGSC Faculty Advisor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on the physical and social tolls of prejudice... and what we can do about it.


Why Humans Evolved to Feel Happiness

From Fusion | June 22, 2015

The creators of Pixar’s new film Inside Out weren’t just speculating when they broke human emotions into five distinct categories (and corresponding animated characters). The idea that we feel a limited number of emotions—joy, sadness, anger, fear, disgust, and possibly a few others—is grounded in scientific research. To learn more about this spectrum, Fusion spoke with Dr. Dacher Keltner, whom the film’s creators consulted about the science of emotions. In this animated short, Keltner shares his insights on the unique nature of happiness—which, it turns out, is more altruistic than you might think.


Does the Death Penalty Bring Closure?

From CNN.COM | May 21, 2015

GGSC's Jason Marsh on why the severe sentence brought down on the Boston Bomber may not help his victims heal.


What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness

From New York Magazine | May 14, 2015

New York Magazine's Science of Us column covers Jill Suttie's story on recent research on the power of moral elevation


All About Awe

From | May 14, 2015

Read about awe's role in the science of cognition, mental health, personal growth, and emotions--featuring our own Dacher Keltner!


Dacher Keltner: High-Fives and the Science of Emotion in Sport

From Positive Coaching Alliance | April 10, 2015

GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on his research into the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, social class, and inequality...and how some of those manifest in sport.


Your Call: Are our schools resegregating?

From KALW (NPR San Francisco) | March 23, 2015

Listen to a KALW/NPR podcast on diversity (or the lack thereof) in schools, featuring our own Jeremy Adam Smith.


Take Control of Your Tech Habits (Infographic)

From | March 17, 2015

Check out this handy infographic paired with an article by Christine Carter for commonsense strategies for keeping digital devices from ruling your life:


An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You

From The New York Times | March 26, 2015

New research from GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on how and why awe is so great for us.


Thank You, Fellow People

From The Huffington Post | March 23, 2015

GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas launches the Huffington Post's new Gratitude section with a universal thank you to her fellow humans


Are Our Schools Re-Segregating?

From KALW's "Your Call" | March 22, 2015

The GGSC's Jeremy Adam Smith appears on KALW Radio's "Your Call" to talk about his recent story on racial segregation in San Francisco public schools


Searching for a Lifetime of Happiness

From The New Zealand Herald | March 15, 2015

Author Greg Bruce tires of being morose and investigates the secrets of finding joy in your life - through GGSC's Science of Happiness online course


Up Your Empathy

From Life Reimagined | March 12, 2015

The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas on how increasing your connection to other makes reimagination easier


For Happiness, Keep a Gratitude Journal

From The Daily Cal | March 6, 2015

Research (and experience) shows, keeping a gratitude journal on a weekly basis experience a host of benefits! Read more in UC Berkeley's student newspaper, the Daily Californian.


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!


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)


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