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The 25 Leadership Lessons of Steve Kerr

From Sports Illustrated | May 16, 2017

GGSC's Dacher Keltner chimes in on the emotional intelligence of the Golden State Warriors coach.


Past Stories

Jeremy Adam Smith: What Are ‘Blue Lies’?

From Berkeley Wellness | May 1, 2017

Do politicans lie more than in the past, or has lying become more culturally acceptable in general? And if the latter is true, why?


Emiliana Simon-Thomas: The Science of Human Goodness

From Wake Up Project | April 22, 2017

Today, Emiliana’s work at the Greater Good Science Center spotlights the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, as she continues to examine the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.


Getting to Yes, And… | Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley – The Power Paradox

From WGN Radio | April 4, 2017

Kelly connects with Berkeley professor Dacher Keltner, author of “The Power Paradox.” Keltner’s research provides surprising insights into how we gain and lose power.


David Attenborough’s Planet Earth II can make you HAPPIER and can even reduce stress

From Mirror | March 8, 2017

The research confirms that even short engagement with nature shows leads to significant increases in positive emotions including awe, contentedness, joy and amusement


Love on the Brain

From University of California | February 14, 2017

Want to know how biology and psychology affect love, relationships and sex? On Valentine's Day, we asked your questions about the "science behind love" to three renowned psychologists/neuroscientists at UC Berkeley: Arthur Aron, Robert Levenson and Emiliana Simon-Thomas.


The Power of Nature with Jill Suttie

From Yao Consulting Group | February 14, 2017

Being in nature can reduce stress, increase positive emotion, restore attention, and lead to more kindness and creativity. Jill Suttie, PsyD enlightens us on how nature is such an important resource for wellbeing, both for adults and kids.


The Science of Creating a Compassionate World: 10 Best Books of 2016

From Yes! Magazine | December 30, 2016

The year’s most thought-provoking, important, or useful nonfiction books on empathy, kindness, and moving the conversation forward.


Dacher Keltner on Love, Power, Morality, and Awe

From The Psychology Podcast | December 13, 2016

Dr. Dachner Keltner is the founding director of the Greater Good Science center, as well as a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley, so he’s in a special place to discuss some incredibly interesting positive psychological topics like love, awe, teasing, compassion, empathy, gratitude and much more! It’s a fun and fascinating episode where we take a deep look into the science of the good life. Enjoy the show!


Thanksgiving: 4 Easy Ways to Become More Grateful

From Time Magazine | November 23, 2016

Why gratitude is so good for you


The Secret Link Between Gratitude and Performance

From Outside | November 22, 2016

A growing body of research says that giving thanks is beneficial for health and performance


How to Have Thanksgiving Dinner Without a Family Blowup

From The Wall Street Journal | November 20, 2016

Listening will help make Thanksgiving dinner conflict-free this year.


Social Psychologist Dacher Keltner on Emotions, Awe, Power

From iTunes | November 16, 2016

Dr. Michael Gervais is fascinated by the psychology of high performance, in rugged environments.


5 Ways Science Says to Handle Difficult Emotional Situations

From Yes! Magazine | November 19, 2016

Resilience practices can help you confront stress and pain more skillfully, starting with finding silver linings.


The Science of Gratitude

From KPFA | November 14, 2016

Emiliana R Simon-Thomas talks about gratitude.


The Science of Gratitude

From KPFA Radio | November 14, 2016

Gratitude and a mindset of thankfulness are linked with a variety of positive physical, psychological, and social effects. Host Dr. Will Courtenay talks with two neuroscientists, Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas from the Greater Good Science Center and Dr. Glenn Fox from the University of Southern California.


The Stream - Lonely in a social world

From Al Jazeera | October 5, 2016

How are new tech and services combating age old phenomenon of loneliness.


How can you tell if someone is kind? Ask how rich they are.

From The Washington Post | October 21, 2016

Studies show that the wealthy are less empathetic than the poor, whether they're driving a car or serving in Congress.


It’s Time for Doctors to Prescribe Outdoor Therapy

From Outside | October 24, 2016

Dacher Keltner's Great Outdoor Lab studies show there are health benefits to being outside.


United States Ranks in Top 10 for Empathy

From HealthDay | October 23, 2016

The United States may soon drop from their position in the top 10.


The Science of Gratitude

From Kelowna Now | October 18, 2016

Thankful people tend to be healthier.


Feeling Awe May Be the Secret to Health and Happiness

From Parade | October 7, 2016

Awe could lead to great health and happiness.


UC Berkeley Faculty to Teach United Arab Emirates Science of Happiness

From The Daily Californian | October 7, 2016

Greater Good Science Center's Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will be teaching the Science of Happiness course in the UAE.


Yale study finds implicit racial bias in preschool teachers

From The Christian Science Monitor | September 29, 2016

The findings suggest that teachers need more support in understanding the struggles of other communities, said Linda K. Smith, deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development.


The Power Paradox

From Brain Pickings | September 28, 2016

The Surprising and Sobering Science of How We Gain and Lose Influence


UAE begins happiness training for top CEOs

From Khaleej Times | September 11, 2016

A select group of 60 chief executive officers from various public departments attended a five-day happiness training programme held recently. The five-month long training, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Greater Good Science Centre - University of California, Berkely, will run until January next year.


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Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017
Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017 OR Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips education professionals with prosocial learning strategies, tools and processes that benefit both students and teachers.


Take a Greater Good Quiz!

How compassionate are you? How generous, grateful, or forgiving? Find out!


Watch Greater Good Videos

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Talks by inspiring speakers like Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dacher Keltner, and Barbara Fredrickson.


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