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Check out the Greater Good Events Calendar.

The Greater Good Science Center is dedicated to building connections with the community beyond UC Berkeley. By sponsoring public lectures and participating in public symposia we encourage dialogue about the importance of promoting positive emotions and relationships in classrooms, in families, and in our communities at large.

Past Events

The Science of Happiness

Online | Self-paced version of our acclaimed course is open now. Join anytime!

A free online course exploring the roots of a happy, meaningful life. Co-taught by the GGSC’s Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas. Up to 16 CE credit hours available.


How Gratitude Can Improve Students and Schools: Educating Hearts and Minds in the 21st Century

Online | February 23, 2017

Gratitude expert Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., will present a webinar for educators on incorporating gratitude into their schools and classrooms.


The Foundations of Well-Being

Online | Starts January 2017

Dr. Rick Hanson’s online, yearlong program that uses science-based methods to hardwire more happiness into your brain and your life.


A Year of Mindfulness

Online | Starts Feb. 13, 2017

Awaken presence & compassion in every area of your life


Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference

San Diego, CA | February 10-12, 2017

Creativity, Innovations and Challenges in Mindfulness and Compassion


Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to a Happier Life

Online and in-person in Berkeley | Starts Jan. 31 in Berkeley; Feb. 4 online

An internationally recognized 5-month course taught by James Baraz on opening to life with appreciation, resilience, and an open heart


Health & Well-Being Strategy for Workplace Leaders

Haas Business School | February 1-3, 2017

This conference will help employers set their employee health and well-being strategy based on the latest science and on wisdom learned from the best practices.


“There is No Good Card for This”

Diesel Books, Oakland | January 31, 2017

Dr. Kelsey Crowe discusses her new book “There is No Good Card for This” with the GGSC’s Jason Marsh


Search Inside Yourself: Joy on Demand

Various Cities | October 14, 2016-January 21, 2017

This one-day program offers micro-practices that support joy and therefore happiness and success


Western Positive Psychology Association Conference

Claremont, CA | January 21, 2017

The theme of the 2nd WPPA Conference is “Positive Psychology for Societal Impact”.


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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

Jon Kabat-Zinn

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


Greater Good Resources


Book of the Week

Roots of Empathy By Mary Gordon Mary Gordon explains how best to nurture empathy and social emotional literacy in all children—and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.

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"It is a great good and a great gift, this Greater Good. I bow to you for your efforts to bring these uplifting and illuminating expressions of humanity, grounded in good science, to the attention of us all."  
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Best-selling author and founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program

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