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January 2013


Happy 2013!


Before you forget 2012, join us for a look back at the greatest sources of compassion, happiness, and inspiration from the past year, including:


Compassionate RunnerThe top findings from the science of a meaningful life--the 10 scientific insights we found most surprising, provocative, and inspiring over the past year.


Seven of the most inspiring images of 2012--stirring reminders of the heroism, compassion, joy, and forgiveness that moved us.


Our 10 favorite books of 2012--the most thought-provoking, important, or moving nonfiction books we read this year.


The 10 most popular Greater Good articles from 2012.

Also new on Greater Good: 
A "Thnx" a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Thnx4 & Happiness In November we launched a pilot of our online gratitude journal,, and now the first wave of results are in: Using Thnx4 makes people happier, more resilient to stress, and physically healthier!


Learn more about the effects of two weeks of "thank you"--then start your own journal on Thnx4.

Greater Good Conference with Jon Kabat-Zinn, Kristin Neff, and Others

Practicing Mindfulness & Compassion

When: March 8, 2013

Where: Craneway Conference Center, Richmond, CA 

*Will be Webcast Live!*


The GGSC, in partnership with Mindful, is pleased to present this ground-breaking, one-day conference, which will explore the important connections between mindfulness and compassion.


Speakers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn (keynote), will discuss how to apply scientific findings to the real world, focusing on how mindfulness can deepen relationships, enhance caregiving, and build compassionate connections. Other presenters include Kristin Neff, Shauna Shapiro, Paul Gilbert, and Dacher Keltner.


Attendees will practice research-tested mindfulness and compassion techniques and learn from program leaders in education, health care, and beyond. CEUs available.


Please visit for more information and registration. Discounts for GGSC members!



Also Upcoming:


Mindfulness and Compassion in Psychotherapy
Certificate Program at CIIS


Come to a free introductory session

When: January 31 or February 12, 7-8:30pm

Where: California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

This year-long program addresses how a psychotherapist's mindfulness and compassion can inspire clients and create a healing relationship that encourages the unfolding of the psyche at its most essential levels.


Upcoming Events Co-sponsored by the GGSC:


A conference seeking to reclaim law as a healing profession
When: January 12
Where: San Francisco, CA

This conference, hosted by the Integrative Law Institute, invites lawyers, mediators, and judges to learn a new way to practice law, drawing on the science of how humans actually experience conflict, negotiate, and make decisions.

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The Myths of Happiness

When: January 29, 7:30pm

Where: Berkeley, CA

Happiness expert Sonja Lyubomirsky discusses her new book, which reveals our misconceptions about the sources of true happiness.


Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, Education, and Research
When: February 1-3
Where: San Diego, CA

This conference, hosted by the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, will help those who want to teach mindfulness to today's youth and learn how science can help in this work.

Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators

We're excited to announce that registration is now open for the first annual Greater Good Summer Institute for Educators!

When: June 28-July 3, 2013
Where: UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr Campus

Over five exciting days, experts on compassion, empathy, and mindfulness will equip teachers and administrators with tools to promote social-emotional learning in their schools. 


Attendees will gain research-based skills and insights to protect themselves from burnout and enhance the social and emotional well-being of their students. They'll also learn scientific evidence to help them make the case for the importance of social-emotional learning back at their schools.

For more information and to register, click here

Meet Our Fellows: Daniel Catterson
Daniel Catterson

This month, meet Hornaday Graduate Fellow Daniel Catterson. Daniel is a fifth-year doctoral student in personality and social psychology at UC Berkeley.


Daniel's research examines how people's perceptions of themselves and others can influence (and be influenced by) their emotions and social status. For his GGSC fellowship, Daniel will study the frequency, authenticity, and effects of expressing pro-social emotions on Facebook. 


Learn more about Daniel and the rest of our 2012-13 fellows here, and in future newsletters.