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Dacher Keltner, PhD

Psychology professor, founding director of the Greater Good Science Center

The founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Dacher Keltner studies the social functions of emotion—looking at how our emotions help us navigate and respond to a complex, dynamic, and interpersonal world. He’s also the host of the renowned podcast The Science of Happiness, which has become a global phenomenon.

The recipient of numerous national prizes and grants, Dr. Keltner’s research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and many other outlets, and has been a focus in two panels with the Dalai Lama.

A student and colleague of Paul Ekman, Dr. Keltner’s work on emotions has made him a sought-after teacher and advisor: he worked with the engineers at Facebook to help them develop their “Stickers” and “Reactions”; consulted with Google on altruism and emotions; and collaborated with Pixar in preparing their 2015 film Inside Out.

Dr. Keltner is the coauthor of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life; co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct; and most recently, author of The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. He has published over 190 scientific articles, has written for the New York Times, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, Slate, and Utne Reader.

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The Science of Happiness

May 2 - 5, 2019

Thursday - Sunday, 3 nights

What does it mean to live a happy, meaningful life? How do you respond with resilience to life’s unavoidable stresses and disappointments? How can you forge compassionate connections at a time of extreme busyness, isolation, and division? Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide have explored these and other big questions in The Science of Happiness,...

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