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.
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Should parents pass up a good story because reading it to their child means wrestling with outdated racial stereotypes? NPR's Rachel Martin asks Greater Good web editor Jeremy Adam Smith.
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
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.
GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude as the key to happiness
HuffPo blogger Susie Wolbe pulls eight practices to boost your well-being from the GGSC's "Science of Happiness" class
The how and why of gratitude...just in time for Thanksgiving.
GGSC"s Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the connection between compassion and better health care.
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.
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.
Greater Good Education Editor Vicki Zakrezewski talks to the Sacramento Bee about the benefits of social emotional learning at school.
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.
Find out more about a new Gratitude Toolkit for students and families -- which includes the Thnx4 platform developed by the Greater Good Science Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.
Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.
One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.
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- "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...
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The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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