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Christine Carter on Managing Life’s Complexities

From Berkeleyside | January 20, 2015

The GGSC's former director on routines, will power, and finding your sweet spot.


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Positive Psychology Begets Positive Technology

From | June 5, 2014

A bevy of new tech geared towards mental wellness, including the Greater Good Science Center's "Science of Happiness" MOOC.


Can Happiness Become the World’s Most Popular Course?

From Forbes | May 13, 2014

UC Berkeley’s “The Science of Happiness” is poised to make history in online education. Why?


James Doty’s Helper’s High

From Nautilus | May 15, 2014

He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism.


Why Tens of Thousands of People Are Signing Up for the GGSC’s Happiness Course

From Huffington Post | April 23, 2014

The course emphasizes two main (scientifically-proven) keys to happiness: Strong social ties, and a sense of purpose or connection to the greater good.


Ever felt ‘happily disgusted’? Computer maps 21 distinct facial expressions

From | March 31, 2014

GGSC's Dacher Keltner talks about identifying facial expressions to potentially aid with diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as depression or autism.


David Einhorn’s Focus on Empathy

From Inside Philanthropy | March 27, 2014

Greater Good funder the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust was created “to inspire a movement of empathetic citizens who, with mutual respect and understanding, ultimately build an increasingly civil society.”


Burned Oakland teen’s mother teaches power of forgiveness

From San Jose Mercury News | March 21, 2014

Jason Marsh, Greater Good's editor in chief, talks about forgiveness, optimism, and compassion after a tragic event.


So What Really Makes People Happy?

From Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism | March 20, 2014

Pharrell's feeling "Happy," but how about you? In honor of the UN's International Day of Happiness on March 20, we're delving into what it is that makes us happy and why we should strive for happiness — or not. Christine Carter, sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, shares what it is that makes us most happy.


Facebook researchers design stickers to mimic human emotions

From SF Gate | March 15, 2014

GGSC's Dacher Keltner works with Arthuro Bejar, a Facebook engineer who heads the compassion research, on Stickers.


Are Well-Funded PTAs Widening the Education Inequality Gap?

From KQED's Forum | February 14, 2014

The GGSC's Jeremy Adam Smith appears on "Forum" with former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich to discuss the widening income disparity between elementary school PTAs. In San Francisco, PTA fundraising for elementary schools has increased by nearly 800 percent over the past decade, and many local schools raise hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from parents. But where does that leave schools with predominantly low-income students, whose parents may not be able to afford to chip in? Is the disparity in private funding among public schools widening the gap between rich and poor?


New Alliance to Boost Number of Minority STEM Ph.D. Students

From Berkeley NewsCenter | February 13, 2014

An unprecedented alliance between UC Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, and Cal Tech aims to remedy a seemingly intractable nationwide problem: Too few underrepresented minority Ph.D. students in the mathematical, physical and computer sciences and in engineering are advancing to postdoctoral and faculty ranks at top-tier research universities.

“A sense of community and belonging are important aspects of any academic endeavor,” GGSC director and Berkeley professor Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton said, “and mentorship and feeling support from one’s mentors are important predictors of a student’s success and choice of profession." Mendoza-Denton is research director for the Alliance’s data collection and analysis work.


KPFA Morning Mix with Jeremy Smith

From San Francisco Public Press | 2/6/2014


GGSC Helps Facebook Develop Conflict Resolution Tools

From UC Berkeley NewsCenter | January 21, 2014

GGSC's founder, Dacher Keltner, and science director, Emiliana Simon-Thomas, help Facebook adopt new, research-tested social resolution tools.


Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

From KQED MindShift | January 17, 2014

Greater Good education director Vicki Zakrzewski helps explain the science behind the success of the Mindful Life Project, an initiative to establish meditation and mindfulness programs in elementary schools.


From the Field: Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude

From CBS Boston | December 23, 2013

Professor Peter Blake of Boston University looks at what motivates kids to be generous. Funded by the GGSC's Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project.


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 | July 10, 2013

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


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