GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on his research into the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, social class, and inequality...and how some of those manifest in sport.
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Dr. Keltner is a renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotions and he studies awe, compassion, beauty and love.
Listen to a KALW/NPR podcast on diversity (or the lack thereof) in schools, featuring our own Jeremy Adam Smith.
Check out this handy infographic paired with an article by Christine Carter for commonsense strategies for keeping digital devices from ruling your life:
New research from GGSC Director Dacher Keltner on how and why awe is so great for us.
GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas launches the Huffington Post's new Gratitude section with a universal thank you to her fellow humans
The GGSC's Jeremy Adam Smith appears on KALW Radio's "Your Call" to talk about his recent story on racial segregation in San Francisco public schools
Author Greg Bruce tires of being morose and investigates the secrets of finding joy in your life - through GGSC's Science of Happiness online course
The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas on how increasing your connection to other makes reimagination easier
Research (and experience) shows, keeping a gratitude journal on a weekly basis experience a host of benefits! Read more in UC Berkeley's student newspaper, the Daily Californian.
U.C. Berkeley is known for its world-class scientists, in disciplines like physics, chemistry or biology. But just a few blocks away from campus, you’ll find the school’s Greater Good Science Center, where one scientist focuses on something different - the science of Happiness. Listen to an interview with Emiliana Simon-Thomas, and read about happiness and forgiveness!
There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area. The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good. Listen to the interview at the link!
"The riveting discovery happened early in my career when I was 21," Gazzaniga said. "A surgeon disconnects two hemispheres on Monday. On Tuesday, the patient has two minds. What does the split-brain tell us? The mind is rooted in biology; it's not an abstract concept floating around." Read on:
Listen to Radiolab discuss GGSC's work with Facebook on reducing user conflict and improving user interaction: find the podcast after the link!
We’re all in search of ways to become more productive, less stressed and better balanced between work and play. Sociologist and happiness expert Christine Carter talks about the strategies that work. (Audio interview)
More and more California school districts are including social emotional learning in their curricula. Follow the link to watch a news piece with an interview with GGSC's Vicki Zakrzewski.
Dacher Keltner's taken the lead on making Facebook a happier place for its users by introducing more sophisticated emoticons and automatic messages to diffuse conflicts and negative interactions. Read the full interview after the link!
The GGSC's former director on routines, will power, and finding your sweet spot.
Dacher Keltner discusses awe and the effect it has on our daily lives
Dacher Keltner presents his findings on how power correlates to selfishness, including how power affects manners.
Dacher Keltner on some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.
Could you go 40 days without being mean? UC Berkeley's Dacher Keltner weighs in on the consequences of being kind and why people say bad things.
Greater Good Science Center founder, Dacher Keltner, addresses (and debunks) some well-known beliefs about human nature and shows through neurological research that people are hardwired to care for others
An online learning initiative from Harvard and MIT gives a quick preview on the online course 'The Science of Happiness' offered through UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center
Don't let your new year's resolutions get out of reach. Here are a few secrets for successful resolutions with a part from GGSC's Christine Carter
Heroism isn't always associated with risking your life. It can be as simple as doing the right thing and making sure you lend a hand to others.
Bad behavior is often a sign that children are stressed—and punishment isn’t the best solution.
Being kind to yourself can make the difference between a good divorce and a bad one.
Teen stress is on the rise. According to a new study, learning mindfulness and self-compassion can help teens cope.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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