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Emiliana Simon-Thomas: The Science of Human Goodness

From Wake Up Project | April 22, 2017

Today, Emiliana’s work at the Greater Good Science Center spotlights the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, as she continues to examine the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.


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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.


Tips for Getting Power, and Keeping it

From WNYC | May 19, 2016

GGSC Director and Berkeley Psychology Professor Dacher Keltner explains how we gain, use, abuse, and lose power in an interview with radio's "The Takeaway."


The Power Paradox

From A2A | May 19, 2016

Dacher Keltner talks about his new book, The Power Paradox, with The A2A Alliance.


How to win friends and influence people? Be kind

From Berkeley News | May 17, 2016

Dacher Keltner posits that our influence is based not on veiled or naked power grabs, but on virtues such as empathy, generosity and cooperation.


How Modern Power Works: Less Game of Thrones, More Black Lives Matter

From The Guardian | May 10, 2016

Social psychologist Dacher Keltner, author of The Power Paradox, says the key to success is changing. The Machiavellian rule of the Lannisters is less effective than ground-up collaboration


Does Power Really Corrupt?

From The Economist | May 3, 2016

An argument about whether powerful people behave better or worse than others is shaking the world of experimental psychology. Matthew Sweet investigates


Next Level Living Episode 8: The Science Of Gratitude

From Huffington Post | March 8, 2016

GGSC's Jason Marsh and Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas explain the science of gratitude.


City Visions: The Mindfulness Revolution - Inspiring Corporate America?

From | February 29, 2016

On February 29, 2016 host Joseph Pace and guests explore the ways Bay Area companies are incorporating mindfulness into the workplace


As Twitter Blows the Whistle on Trolls, A Cal Scholar’s Celebrity Makes Her a Target

From California Magazine | February 25, 2016

GGSC's Dacher Keltner uses the science of cooperation and compassion to empower Twitter users to engage in more productive free speech.


Facebook Reactions, the Totally Redesigned Like Button, Is Here

From Wired | February 24, 2016

How GGSC's Dacher Keltner helped conceive and design Facebook's new reaction buttons.


Should Schools Teach Emotional Skills?

From Berkeley Wellness | February 23, 2016

An interview with GGSC's education director, Vicki Zakrzewski


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