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

Science Director
Greater Good Science Center