The Science of Happiness

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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 at Work

is a three-course professional certificate series that teaches you the what, why, and how of increasing happiness at work, enabling you to boost engagement, teamwork, and productivity in your organization. The first course titled The Foundations of Happiness at Work begins on Monday, September 3rd. Register for the course through edX.

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).

The GGSC is always expanding their services,
so please check out their website.