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.
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GGSC's Jason Marsh and Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas explain the science of gratitude.
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.
Watch an interview with our Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas and explore happiness, the science behind it, and important tools and exercises to foster happiness in your own life!
GGSC Education Director Vicki Zakrzewski talks with HuffPo Live's Marc Lamont Hill about boys, men, and emotions
In their online course “The Science of Happiness”, UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center measured the subjective happiness of more than 40,000 students from 58 countries. They found that social connectedness is a greater factor in a country's net happiness than national GDP, and individual priority and stress in a nation's culture seem to detract from happiness.
It’s easy to get caught up in the rush of materialism, which has been shown to undermine happiness. There’s a simple antidote: Practice gratitude. A WSJ op-ed by the GGSC's Jason Marsh and Dacher Keltner
New research indicates that group mindfulness treatment, when conducted by certified instructors in primary health care, is as effective a treatment method as individual cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
GGSC's Emiliana Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude as the key to happiness
HuffPo blogger Susie Wolbe pulls eight practices to boost your well-being from the GGSC's "Science of Happiness" class
The how and why of gratitude...just in time for Thanksgiving.
GGSC"s Emiliana Simon-Thomas on the connection between compassion and better health care.
The holiday season is here… and while it is filled with gift-giving, it’s also a good time to talk about opportunities to make the world a better place. The podcast begins with our brains and discovers with Emiliana Simon-Thomas how we are hard-wired to be caring. Barbara Shaiman will talk about her book, Live Your Legacy Now, and give you a plan to inspire your family to identify a project and create a living legacy of good works. Later, hear about Philly Do-Gooder and how to maximize volunteerism.
As Thanksgiving approaches, what are you grateful for? Why? Evidence that “an ‘attitude of gratitude’ has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners.” Since then, the link between gratitude and happiness has been studied by many more.
Greater Good Education Editor Vicki Zakrezewski talks to the Sacramento Bee about the benefits of social emotional learning at school.
Can you honestly say you’re happy? If you can’t, then there’s no better program to turn your life around than Science of Happiness.
Find out more about a new Gratitude Toolkit for students and families -- which includes the Thnx4 platform developed by the Greater Good Science Center
The role of caregiver is an emotionally, physically and mentally taxing job that usually goes unpaid and on top of other, full-time employment. New research suggests that mindfulness practices can help both caregivers and their loved ones maintain their emotional well-being. Mindfulness techniques are simple, extremely inexpensive, and easily done together. Here are four that may work well for both caregivers and their sick or disabled loved ones.
As the month of November ushers in the holiday season, there’s a sharpened focus on gratitude (though we were and always will be grateful for Halloween candy). People make an extra effort to give thanks for their good fortune, be it their health, a job they love, friends and family they can count on, a personal race record, and/or uninterrupted Netflix time — it can really be anything; gratitude knows no bounds. This often inspires others to give back to those who are less fortunate. And if you didn’t already know, it makes for greater physical and psychological health.
To what extent is happiness related to where you live? Which countries have the most—and least—happy students? Are students from wealthier countries happier? As part of an online course called “The Science of Happiness,” launched by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center this Fall, approximately 40,000 students from around the world took a Qualtrics survey where they reported their happiness levels. Forbes used this data to address the questions above, among others.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words – this interactive map of world happiness is worth a thousand smiley faces. Produced by The Greater Good Science Center, the graphic was compiled using data collected from students in the online course, The Science of Happiness.
There’s more to philanthropy than just doing good and more to gratitude than just saying, “Thanks.” Grateful and generous people are happier, healthier and more positive than people who aren’t, according to emerging data.
Of Facebook’s 7,185 employees, Arturo Bejar may have the most difficult job: teaching the site’s 1.3 billion users, especially its tens of millions of teenagers, how to be nice and respectful to one another.
A burnout survivor offers tips for coping with it—or avoiding it in the first place.
Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.
According to a new study, mindful people are more likely to overcome the emotional turmoil and pain of infidelity.
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- "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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