Rick Hanson PhD
Dec 09, 2011
Introducing the Greater Good Science Center
I wanted to make sure you knew about a world-class resource for mindfulness, compassion, empathy, parenting, and positive psychology: the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at the University of California, Berkeley.
The GGSC has a phenomenal website chock-full of useful information. It also puts on regular workshops, brings out vital books, supports first-rate research, and has a fantastic newsletter. I’m on its Advisory Council and can tell you from direct experience that it has a great and unique combination of academic prowess, heart, and service.
Their work stems from these core beliefs:
- Compassion is a fundamental trait with deep evolutionary roots, and studying it teaches us how to nurture this positive side of human nature.
- Science can promote individual and social well-being by examining how people overcome difficult circumstances and develop positive relationships. Findings can be applied in schools, homes, offices, and playgrounds.
- Happiness is influenced by genes, but it’s also the result of skills and mental habits that can be learned and strengthened.
- Happiness and altruism feed each other. For example, doing good will make you happy.
So I hope you make use of the GGSC’s great resources, and connect with others who seek a more compassionate and resilient society. Visit greatergood.berkeley.edu to enjoy their feature articles, podcasts, tips, and quizzes. Sign up for their free e-newsletter and be the first to hear about new research findings. Join the conversation on Facebook or follow the GGSC on Twitter (@GreaterGoodSC).
Additionally, you may like to join me in supporting the Greater Good Science Center directly. As a non-profit organization, they rely on the help of their volunteers and donors. For example, you could become a member, or gift a membership to someone close to you. Anything you could offer will help.
As you know, our world faces many challenges – and in my view, many of these are rooted in breakdowns in empathy, compassion, and understanding of our common interests. The GGSC is a vital source of resources for these issues – and for realistic steps toward a world truly based on the greater good.
Warm wishes to you,