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Greater Good Science Center: Practices of the Month

logoThe Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Research is clear: Happiness, resilience, connection, and kindness are skills that can be taught and developed over time—with practice.

That’s why UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, in collaboration with HopeLab, launched Greater Good in Action. Synthesizing hundreds of scientific studies, Greater Good in Action collects the best research-based methods for a happier, more meaningful life—and puts them at your fingertips in a format that’s easy to navigate and digest.

This month’s practices:

heart drawn in the sandSelf-Compassionate Letter

Replace self-criticism with words of kindness

Why you should try it: When we’re struggling, offering ourselves compassion and understanding can help our mental health and personal growth.

Body Scan Meditation

Feeling tense? Feel your body relax as you try this practice.

Awe Video

A way to lift yourself out of the mundane.


(Photo by Khadeeja Yasser on Unsplash)