This one-of-a-kind event will feature presentations by University of California, Davis, psychologist Robert Emmons, the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, and neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, author of the acclaimed book Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.
The seminar will be led by Dr. Emmons, whose groundbreaking research has shown how gratitude can promote health, happiness, and strong connections to others. He will discuss the profound physical, psychological, and social benefits that come from practicing gratitude, and he will highlight research-tested methods for boosting gratitude in everyday life.
Dr. Emmons’ presentation will also explore: how and why gratitude boosts positive well-being and protects from poor mental health; whether gratitude is a cross-cultural, universal feature of human behavior; and why gratitude is vital to human society at large and perhaps even to flourishing across nations.
In his special guest presentation, Dr. Hanson will discuss how the brain has evolved a “negativity bias” that is like Velcro for bad experiences but Teflon for positive ones, tilting the mind toward feelings of anxiety, mistrust, and inadequacy.
His talk will explain how to “trick” the neural machinery of memory to weave positive experiences into the brain and the self more deeply, particularly by cultivating gratitude. The results include greater happiness, resilience, and depth in relationships.
Presented by the Greater Good Science Center. The Science of a Meaningful Life seminar series is made possible through a generous grant from the Quality of Life Foundation. Co-sponsored by the International House at UC Berkeley, the Institute of Noetic Sciences; continuing education sponsorship by R. Cassidy Seminars. More information on http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/news_events/event/building_gratitude/