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Developing Practices for Happiness

From Huffington Post | November 26, 2014

HuffPo blogger Susie Wolbe pulls eight practices to boost your well-being from the GGSC's "Science of Happiness" class

 
  

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Facebook’s Compassion Research Day Taps GGSC Talent

From ABC 7, Bay Area | December 5, 2013

ABC 7 News covers Facebook's Fourth Annual Compassion Research Day, including presentations from Greater Good's founding faculty director, Dacher Keltner, and science director, Emiliana Simon-Thomas.

 

Greater Good’s Musical Connection

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | November 26, 2013

Judging by the ways that our brains and bodies respond, it seems humans may be wired for music. And the GGSC's Development Director, Jesse Antin, is keyed in to that fact

 

People Spend More When They ‘Pay It Forward’

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | November 26, 2013

New research from a GGSC Gratitude Dissertation Fellow sheds new light on the psychological and social forces – such as fairness, obligation, and reciprocity – that guide consumer decisions beyond getting the best deal

 

A Healthy Helping of Thankfulness

From Zev's Blog: Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky | November 22, 2013

Researchers in the burgeoning field of gratitude science are finding a host of psychological and physical benefits associated with feeling and expressing thankfulness

 

Helping New College Students Make the Transition

From The Daily Cal | October 9, 2013

Freshmen who have more self-compassion — the degree to which people kindly treat themselves during distressing situations — better cope with the challenges associated with transitioning into college

 

As We Become Richer, Do We Become Stingier?

From NPR's "All Things Considered" | September 3, 2013

The poor tend to value social connections, psychologists say. But as people become wealthy, they need one another less and — according to some scientists — make fewer connections. GGSC's Dacher Keltner on the generosity divide between rich and poor.

 

Empathy: The Most Important Back-to-School Supply

From Edutopia | August 12, 2013

Vicki Zakrzewski, education director at the GGSC, says that there is a strong relationship between cognitive development and empathy.

 

Are We Hardwired to Be Racist?

From The Daily Circuit | August 15, 2013

GGSC Director Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton on Minnesota Public Radio discussing the science of bias

 

The Case for Kindness

From KQED Forum | August 16, 2013

In response to George Saunder's commencement speech promoting kindness above all other life achievements, Dacher Keltner speaks with KQED's "Forum" on how and why to be kind

 

Why lasting compassion matters

From CNN.com | July 10, 2013

GGSC's Jason Marsh on how compassion can spark action after tragedy.

 

Why Those Who Feel They Have Less Give More

From PBS NewsHour | June 20, 2013

NewsHour talks to GGSC Founding Faculty Director Dacher Keltner about why those feel less well-off tend to act more charitably.

 

What Makes Us Happy?

From PBS NewsHour | June 20, 2013

The PBS NewsHour profiles the GGSC in this segment on the link between money and happiness.

 

Are Gratitude and Compassion Unrealistic in Many of Today’s Workplaces?

From KALW Local Public Radio | June 13, 2013

An interview with Jeremy Adam-Smith on gratitude in the workplace.

 

What Made London Samaritan So Brave

From CNN.com | May 26, 2013

Jason Marsh explains why some are as heroic as London's Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

 

Greater Good Science Center Conducts Compassionate Organizations Quiz

From SustainableBrands.com | May 21, 2013

Sustainable Brands explains the GGSC's new Compassionate Organizations Quiz

 

Thanks For Just Doing Your Job

From San Francisco Business Times | May 20, 2013

An article on gratitude highlights Jeremy Adam Smith's suggestions on how to bring gratitude into the workplace.

 

UC Berkeley Helps Facebook Be as Emotionally Rich as Possible

From SF Weekly | May 3, 2013

Dacher Keltner, along with a team of others, creates more nuanced emoticons for Facebook.

 

3 Ways to Eliminate Working-Parent Guilt

From Inc. | April 4, 2013

Jeremy Adam-Smith shares tips on juggling work and family

 

Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center hosts conference on the substance of mindfulness

From MercuryNews.com | March 21, 2013

Mercury News writer Lou Fancher provides a review of the GGSC's Practicing Mindfulness and Compassion event.

 

Compassion Quiets the Mind, Improves the Body, Embraces the World

From | March 21, 2013

Washington Times writer Eric Nelson attends the GGSC's Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion event and shares what he learned about compassion.

 

Why Lent Makes People Happier

From the San Francisco Chronicle | March 19, 2013

Greater Good Editor-in-Chief Jason Marsh and GGSC Faculty Board member Robb Willer explain how consuming less can enhance our happiness.

 

Berkeley Center Funds Gratitude Research

From the San Francisco Chronicle | December 4, 2012

A profile of the GGSC's work to advance the science and practice of gratitude.

 

Keeping a gratitude journal

From Los Angeles Times | November 17, 2012

LA Times author Mary MaVean highlights the Greater Good's Thnx4.org gratitude journal.

 

HealthWatch: Gratitude Journal Helps Many Enjoy Life

From CBS San Francisco | November 2, 2012

Emiliana Simon-Thomas is featured in a news segment on the benefits of forming a lifestyle of gratitude

 

How inequality hurts Romney’s happiness

From CNN.com | September 21, 2012

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

 

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