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The Greater Good Science Center


Narrator:       This is Science Today. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, was founded several years ago in response to two big developments. Dacher Keltner, director of the center, says the first was the reflective period in the aftermath of 9/11 and the second development was research indicating that Americans were underperforming in terms of well-being at community, individual and family levels.

Keltner:          It is a center that's devoted to teaching people, studying human well-being and health and teaching people skills to be resilient and to handle stress and to be compassionate. So, what our center does is take this kind of science and fund fellows to do that kind of work and then, very importantly, take this science and translate it through our website, parenting blogs, workshops for health care providers, to really put the science into practitioners' hands and schools' hands; which we've really succeeded at and how do you teach this stuff? How does it become curriculum? So, it's really exciting.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.