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How can you tell if someone is kind? Ask how rich they are.

From The Washington Post | October 21, 2016

Studies show that the wealthy are less empathetic than the poor, whether they're driving a car or serving in Congress.


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It’s Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy

From Outside | October 24, 2016

Dacher Keltner's Great Outdoor Lab studies show there are health benefits to being outside.


United States Ranks in Top 10 for Empathy

From HealthDay | October 23, 2016

The United States may soon drop from their position in the top 10.


The Science of Gratitude

From Kelowna Now | October 18, 2016

Thankful people tend to be healthier.


Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

From Parade | October 7, 2016

Awe could lead to great health and happiness.


UC Berkeley Faculty to Teach United Arab Emirates Science of Happiness

From The Daily Californian | October 7, 2016

Greater Good Science Center's Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will be teaching the Science of Happiness course in the UAE.


Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers

From The Christian Science Monitor | September 29, 2016

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 Power Paradox

From Brain Pickings | September 28, 2016

The Surprising and Sobering Science of How We Gain and Lose Influence


UAE begins happiness training for top CEOs

From Khaleej Times | September 11, 2016

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.


The Perils of Power

From NPR | September 5, 2016

Dacher Keltner challenges the notion that powerful people are all Machiavellian sociopaths.


US Officials Turn to Schools to Help Students Deal with Violence

From Voice of America Learning English | August 9, 2016

Voice of America reports on how school violence affects our kids. And what schools are doing about it


Vulnerability and Power with Dr. Dacher Keltner

From Mike Robbins | July 19, 2016

Dr. Keltner is a renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotions and he studies awe, compassion, beauty and love.


Dacher Keltner on the Power Paradox LISTENDOWNLOADOPEN IN ITUNES

From KPFA | July 6, 2016

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.


Suspect your teen is depressed? Don’t wait to seek help

From Daily News Journal | June 26, 2016

Help your teen through depression.


5 Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

From Harvard Business Review | June 27, 2016

Boost your resilience at work by practicing mindfulness.


The powerful conspire to keep others weak

From The Bulletin | June 17, 2016

Nearly everyone afforded power misunderstands or forgets the behaviors that fueled their rise.


Mindfullness is the New Buzzword, But What Exactly is it?

From Verily Magazine | June 16, 2016

Learn what mindfulness is really about and what it can do for you.


How Do Humans Gain Power? By Sharing it.

From PBS NewsHour | June 9, 2016

In the past, violence was the quickest route to establishing dominance. But today, people gain influence by advancing the welfare of others, according to Dacher Keltner. The more power people derive from helping others, however, the more likely they are to prioritize selfishness over altruism -- leading to what Keltner calls a ‘power paradox.’ Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.


The Secret to Being a Better Leader: See and Hear Others

From New York Magazine | June 6, 2016

In order to be a better leader, listen to others.


Good leaders tell stories that make people trust them with power

From Quartz | May 17, 2016

"People who tell more coherent stories about their lives, with clear plot lines, characters, and themes, find greater purpose later in life."


UC Berkeley’s Dacher Keltner on ‘How We Gain and Lose Influence’

From KQED Radio | May 25, 2016

Dacher Keltner claims that a person’s ability to empathize is what helps him or her reach a position of authority.


Being Mindful About Mindfulness

From Slate | June 2, 2016

Should we push meditation in schools?


Do Nice Guys Finish First?

From Financial Times | May 26, 2016

A new theory suggests being nice can gain us influence, but at a cost.


Can Negative Thinking Make Us Ill?

From Huffington Post Living | May 26, 2016

Negative thoughts and emotions could cause health problems.


5 Science-Backed Ways to Be Happier at Work

From Entrepreneur | May 26, 2016

How to be happier at work.


Find Your Power…in a Book

From Elle Magazine | May 16, 2016

'The Power Paradox' illuminates ways women can hone their innate advantages—and avoid the pitfalls—on all the playing fields.


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