Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner, PhD, is an American psychology professor, founder of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and host of the podcast The Science of Happiness.


We Are Built to Be Kind

Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry.

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

In this startling study of human emotion, Dacher Keltner investigates an unanswered question of human evolution: If humans are hardwired to lead lives that are “nasty, brutish, and short,” why have we evolved with positive emotions like gratitude, amusement, awe, and compassion that promote ethi...

The Compassionate Instinct

Think humans are born selfish? Think again. Dacher Keltner reveals the compassionate side to human nature.

The Gratitude Project: How the Science of Thankfulness Can Rewire Our Brains for Resilience, Optimism, and the Greater Good

In our fractured, “me-first” world, the science and practice of thankfulness could be just the antidote we need. Gratitude is powerful: not only does it feel good, it’s also been proven to increase our well-being in myriad ways.

The Power of Kindness

A new science of power has revealed that power is wielded most effectively when it’s used by people who are attuned to and engaged with the needs and interests of others.


Dacher Keltner on the Evolutionary Roots of Compassion

Dacher Keltner, UC Berkley psychology professor and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center, explores the evolutionary roots of compassion and empathy.

The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

A revolutionary and timely reconsideration of everything we know about power. Celebrated UC Berkeley psychologist Dr. Dacher Keltner argues that compassion and selflessness enable us to have the most influence over others and the result is power as a force for good in the world.

Why Do We Feel Awe?

According to Dacher Keltner, there are important evolutionary reasons: It’s good for our minds, bodies, and social connections.


TEDxBerkeley - Dacher Keltner - 04/03/10

Dacher Keltner is a psychology professor at UC Berkeley whose research focuses on two time-honored questions. A first is the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotion, with a special concentration on compassion, awe, love, and beauty, and how emotions shape all kinds of judgments.

The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness

Leading scientists and science writers reflect on the life-changing, perspective-changing, new science of human goodness. Where once science painted humans as self-seeking and warlike, today scientists of many disciplines are uncovering the deep roots of human goodness.


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