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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!

 
  

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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.

 

What Are You Thankful For?

From The New York Times - The Learning Network | November 20, 2014

As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you grateful for? Why? Evidence that “an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.” Since then, the link between gratitude and happiness has been studied by many more.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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