At the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, we study the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teach skills for a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.
We believe schools must focus on children's social and emotional lives, not just their academic pursuits. That’s why we’re committed to helping educators and parents understand the science behind social and emotional learning—and then apply those insights to the classroom.
Compassion, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, mindfulness, and resilience are skills that can be taught and developed, and they can lead to both safer schools and greater academic achievement. But more than that, we believe cultivating social and emotional intelligence will lead to a wider transformation, as children mature into young adults who place care, empathy, and social connection at the center of their lives and society.