Jason Marsh presents research on empathy in the wealthy as a response to Romney's comment about low-income Americans.
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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.
Dacher Keltner's research addresses the complex relationship between wealth and empathy.
The GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks to Berkeleyside about the practice of gratitude in her personal and professional life
Article on gratitude conference highlights the GGSC's "Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude" project and interviews science director Emiliana Simon-Thomas.
An interview with Jeremy Adam Smith on his thoughts regarding the shift from traditional roles in the American workforce and home.
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.
A T.V. interview with Emiliana Simon-Thomas regarding research findings on compassion in religious people compared to non-religious people.
Jeremy Adam Smith explains the effect of the media's portrayal of race on our minds
Jason Marsh explains how heroic JetBlue passengers overcame the bystander effect
In this New York Times Room for Debate opinion piece, the GGSC's Dacher Keltner explains how money makes people act unethically.
GGSC fellow Eve Ekman does research on the benefits of incorporating empathy into the workforce
Dacher Keltner and Christine Carter's tips on how to have truly happy holidays
Jeremy Adam Smith discusses ways to cultivate and embrace gratitude and giving during the holiday season.
An interview with the GGSC's Dacher Keltner about the evolution of altruism.
The GGSC's parenting expert discusses how to help kids cope with stress and foster happiness.
Christine Carter talks about why parents need to be happy for their kids.
What Dacher Keltner's research reveals about the NBA finals.
Read what Dacher Keltner's research on touch tells us about the NBA finals, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Dacher Keltner featured in a David Brooks column on altruism.
Dr. Carter discusses "tiger moms" with The Daily Show's Olivia Munn.
Dacher Keltner discusses his research on how social class affects care for others
Jason Marsh explains the benefits of generosity, altruism, and sharing with others.
In this radio interview, Dacher Keltner discusses the keys to emotional well-being.
The CBC radio show Tapestry interviews Dacher Keltner about his book Born to Be Good and his studies of positive emotions.
Dr. Carter weighs in on Chua's controversial parenting memoir on CBS Sunday Morning.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
A new study suggests that self-compassion improves mood, largely by helping us avoid negative rumination.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
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- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
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- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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