The more we focus on what is right with the world, the more reasons we find to be hopeful. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley is one of those reasons. GGSC is committed not only to studying the good life but also to disseminating what they learn and encouraging compassion in action.
Their mission says it simply:
The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
GGSC is one of those gems that make me view the Web as a generous treasure trove, where anyone with an Internet connection can reach in and pull out a jewel. Here are some of the gifts freely offered:
- Seven Inspiring Images from 2012
- Gratitude Feeds, where you can see what people are posting in their Gratitude Journals
- Jack Kornfield’s extraordinary stories of forgiveness (videos)
- A downloadable poster of “6 habits of happiness worth cultivating” – and all of them are free
- A major initiative focused on gratitude
- Mary Gordon’s talk on Roots of Empathy, the program she founded to bring babies into the classroom to teach children compassion.
The Greater Good Science Center got its start in 2001, thanks to the generosity of alumni Thomas and Ruth Hornaday. Their dream is now reality. It is dropping stones in the pond of the world’s pain, sending healing ripples outward.
They give me hope.