The Lawrence Hall of Science
The public science center of the University of California, Berkeley.
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
On a visit to The Lawrence, students collaborate to investigate new ideas as they become scientists and engineers for a day.
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We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. This presentation will share some of the most provocative and practical lessons from studies about the roots of a genuinely happy life, and shed light on how findings from cutting-edge research can be applied to your own life. Featuring Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Science Director, Greater Good Science Center
We will zero in on a core finding: that true happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to something bigger than yourself—the greater good, and dispel some common, often counterproductive myths about where happiness comes from. Drawing from fields like psychology, neuroscience, medicine, and evolutionary biology, we will survey the biological systems and behaviors that support the pro-social states and experiences that foster happiness, and discuss some practical strategies for tapping into and nurturing your own.
Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Greater Good Science Center
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