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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.


Past Stories

The Greater Good on Campus

From Common Ground | May 2005


Berkeley: Nice folks finish last? Not so, according to new magazine Read more:

From SF Gate | March 4, 2005

Rick DelVecchio writes on the Greater Good organization.


The Biology of Joy

From TIME Magazine | January 9, 2005


A Smile Doesn’t Always Mean Happy

From TIME Magazine | January 9, 2005


Street Librarian

From Utne Reader | September/October 2004

A spotlight on the debut issue of Greater Good hails it as "a significant new magazine."


Against the Grain

From KPFA 94.1 | July 12, 2004, 12:00pm

Is the world in such turmoil because humans are basically selfish, aggressive and individualistic? Dacher Keltner disagrees with this view of human nature; he claims that people have a biologically-based capacity for goodness.


A meeting of the minds

From TIME Magazine | November 3, 2003

Carol Hyman interviews Dacher Keltner on his attendance in the Dalai Lama's conference "Investigating the Mind: Exchanges between Buddhism and Biobehavioral Science on How the Mind Works" with other behavioral scientists.


New Berkeley Center Pursues Study of Peace

From LA Times | June 17, 2002

Richard Chon writes on the Greater Good Science Center's efforts on studying positive attributes like love, gratitude and compassion.


Berkeley Center Offers a Course in Peace and Love

From London Times | May 21, 2002

James Doran writes on UC Berkeley's opening of a department of social psychology dedicated to researching what makes certain relationships successful and what makes us happy.


In Brief

From TIME Magazine | January 8, 2001

Daniel Levy briefs us on issues that include the tobacco industry, babysitting, and bullying.


The Human Face

From BBC | 2001

This four episode BBC documentary features Michael Palin, Elizabeth Hurley, David Attenborough, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Ekman, and Dacher Keltner, among others on the topic of facial expression, beauty, and fame.


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Greater Good Events

The Science of Burnout: What Is It, Why It Happens, and How to Avoid It
International House at UC Berkeley
April 29, 2017
6 CE Hours

A day-long semiar with GGSC Science Director Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D., celebrated compassion teacher Joan Halifax, burnout expert Christina Maslach, Ph.D., and UCLA psychiatrist Elizabeth Bromley, M.D., Ph.D.


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

How Pleasure Works By Paul Bloom Bloom explores a broad range of human pleasures from food to sex to religion to music. Bloom argues that human pleasure is not purely an instinctive, superficial, sensory reaction; it has a hidden depth and complexity.

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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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