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More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | August 21, 2014

Happiness is a powerful magnet, judging by the number of people who have signed up to take UC Berkeley’s new Science of Happiness Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): More than 76,000, with more than two weeks to go before the class goes live.


Past Stories

How inequality hurts Romney’s happiness

From | September 21, 2012

Jason Marsh presents research on empathy in the wealthy as a response to Romney's comment about low-income Americans.


The Money Empathy Gap

From New York magazine | July 1, 2012

Dacher Keltner's research addresses the complex relationship between wealth and empathy.


Greater Good Science Center: On the Fine Art of Gratitude

From Berkeleyside | June 22, 2012

The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks to Berkeleyside about the practice of gratitude in her personal and professional life


Gratitude Movement Leader to Speak in SF

From The San Francisco Chronicle | June 21, 2012

Article on gratitude conference highlights the GGSC's "Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude" project and interviews science director Emiliana Simon-Thomas.


Chronicling the New American Family

From American Public Media's "Marketplace" | June 15, 2012

An interview with Jeremy Adam Smith on his thoughts regarding the shift from traditional roles in the American workforce and home.


Where are the stay-at-home dads in children’s books?

From The Globe and Mail (Canada) | June 14, 2012

Just in time for Father's day, Jeremy Adam Smith discusses the role of fathers in the home and their place in children's literature.


Who’s more compassionate…atheists or fundamentalists?

From The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann | May 8, 2012

A T.V. interview with Emiliana Simon-Thomas regarding research findings on compassion in religious people compared to non-religious people.


Your Brain on White People

From Salon | April 29, 2012

Jeremy Adam Smith explains the effect of the media's portrayal of race on our minds


JetBlue passengers reacted. Would you?

From | March 30, 2012

Jason Marsh explains how heroic JetBlue passengers overcame the bystander effect


Greed Prevents Good

From The New York Times | March 16, 2012

In this New York Times Room for Debate opinion piece, the GGSC's Dacher Keltner explains how money makes people act unethically.


UC Berkeley Study: Empathy as an antidote for job burnout

From Contra Costa Times | January 1, 2012

GGSC fellow Eve Ekman does research on the benefits of incorporating empathy into the workforce


Greater Good Science Center’s key to happy holidays

From The San Francisco Chronicle | December 29, 2011

Dacher Keltner and Christine Carter's tips on how to have truly happy holidays


Changing Perspectives on Gratitude and Giving

From Childhood Matters | December 18, 2011

Jeremy Adam Smith discusses ways to cultivate and embrace gratitude and giving during the holiday season.


Our Potential for Good

From Psychotherapy Networker | November 2011

An interview with the GGSC's Dacher Keltner about the evolution of altruism.


Christine Carter on the Today Show

From The Today Show | September 19 2011

The GGSC's parenting expert discusses how to help kids cope with stress and foster happiness.


Raising Happiness: Author Christine Carter Explains Why Kids NEED Happy Parents

From Modern Mom | August 10, 2011

Christine Carter talks about why parents need to be happy for their kids.


Nightline on the Power of Touch

From ABC News | June 9, 2011

What Dacher Keltner's research reveals about the NBA finals.


Dallas’s Secret Weapon: High Fives

From The Wall Street Journal | June 9, 2011

Read what Dacher Keltner's research on touch tells us about the NBA finals, according to the Wall Street Journal.


Nice Guys Finish First

From The New York Times | May 16, 2011

Dacher Keltner featured in a David Brooks column on altruism.


Christine Carter on the Daily Show

From The Daily Show | April 26, 2011

Dr. Carter discusses "tiger moms" with The Daily Show's Olivia Munn.


Rich People Have Less Compassion, Psychology Research Suggests

From The Huffington Post | April 11, 2012

Dacher Keltner discusses his research on how social class affects care for others


Should Lottery Winners Share with Colleagues?

From | April 1, 2011

Jason Marsh explains the benefits of generosity, altruism, and sharing with others.


Building Compassion & Reducing Stress

From Alice, 97.3 FM | March 21, 2011

In this radio interview, Dacher Keltner discusses the keys to emotional well-being.


Survival of the Kindest

From Tapestry, on CBC Radio | January 30, 2011

The CBC radio show Tapestry interviews Dacher Keltner about his book Born to Be Good and his studies of positive emotions.


Christine Carter on “Tiger Mother” Amy Chua

From CBS Sunday Morning | January 23, 2011

Dr. Carter weighs in on Chua's controversial parenting memoir on CBS Sunday Morning.


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  • How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

    August 20, 2014

    A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.

  • How the Teen Brain Transforms Relationships

    August 12, 2014

    Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.

  • Eight Keys to End Bullying

    August 26, 2014

    Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.


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