The Science of Happiness
Founded in 2001, the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) based at the University of California, Berkeley studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
In an effort to be effective curators of relevant information, we have utilized much of their research on this site.
Programs from the GGSC
The Science of Happiness Course
is a free eight-week course explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life through science and practice. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from the latest research, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. Register for the course through edX.
The Greater Good Magazine
bridges the gap between scientific journals and people’s daily lives through articles, videos, quizzes, and podcasts. Great for parents, educators, business leaders, and health care professionals.
Greater Good in Action
collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that's easy to navigate and digest. This is a collaboration between the Greater Good Science Center and HopeLab.
The Science of Happiness Podcast
Learn research-tested strategies for a happier, more meaningful life, drawing on the science of compassion, gratitude, mindfulness, and awe. Hosted by Greater Good Science Center Director Dacher Keltner. Co-produced by the GGSC and Public Radio International (PRI).