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Acts of Joy

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Acts of Joy

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Big Joy Science Project

The Science of Emodiversity: Making Friends with All of Our Emotions as the Foundation of Joy

with Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD and Dacher Keltner, PhD

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What you'll learn

  • Explore the beautiful aspects of sadness, and understand why joy and sadness are one system — if you turn down sadness, you also turn down joy
  • Learn about science-based strategies for working with difficult emotions and “stoking” joy, including: “name it to tame it,” breathing practices, recognizing emotions as impermanent, connecting with others, gratitude, and more.
  • Understand the scientific concept of “proportionality” in the context of emotions and how this can help us distinguish sadness from depression

About the speakers

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD

Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, is the Science Director at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC). Trained in neuroscience and social psychology, she runs the GGSC’s research fellowship program, manages major research initiatives, teaches The Science of Happiness, and collaborates, partners, and advises on multiple projects aimed at providing insights and resources for understanding and improving well-being. Emiliana is an international expert voice on the foundations and advantages of social connection and prosocial states and behaviors (e.g. compassion, gratitude), the origins of well-being, as well as on the most promising strategies for enhancing it individually, in relationships, and collectively.

Dacher Keltner, PhD

Dacher Keltner, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, Faculty Director of the Greater Good Science Center, host of its podcast, The Science of Happiness, and co-instructor of the online course of the same name. He has won numerous research awards for his studies of the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, power, social class, and inequality. He is the author of many scientific and popular articles, and several books, including the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, and The Compassionate Instinct. His new book AWE will be released in January of 2023. 

Doug Abrams

Doug Abrams is a multiple New York Times best-selling author, as well as an editor, literary agent, and film producer. He is the founder and president of Idea Architects, a creative book and media agency. He co-wrote The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, which inspired the film MISSION: JOY. Doug also co-authored The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times with Jane Goodall. Books and films he has developed have been credited with convincing then-President Bill Clinton to stop the genocide in Kosovo (The Bridge Betrayed), for launching the modern anti-slavery movement (Disposable People), and for helping to expand a mass incarceration reform movement (Just Mercy, a book and film starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx). He has had the privilege of interviewing extraordinary global heroes including Jimmy Carter, the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall, Bono, Carlos Santana, and Richard Branson.

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  • Just a comment about hatred, being on the opposite pole to love. Thank you for all your wisdom. It’s so helpful

  • Many many thanks to each one of you. I’m once again savoring this brilliant, beautiful, healing conversation…with profound perspectives, proportionality and warmhearted playfulness. Abundant joys to you Emiliana, Dacher, and Doug and Doug.
    from a grateful heart.

  • My gosh thank you! Much gratitude for this segment. The questions and responses were valuable and uplifting. Sharing their own humaness. I have come along way with depression and anxiety. Learning the differences of depression, sadness, and different anxieties is a relief and uplifting to know. I have more hope and skill set for myself. A better me = joy & sharing joy with others😁💃💞

  • Wow! Another informative, eye opening and heart opening interview! Thank you so much Doug, Emiliana and Dacher! This is one talk I will be listening to over and over again. There was so much in it. Thank you for your gifts and for inspiring and uplifting me!

  • Emiliana, thanks for encouraging someone who loves to share joy with even strangers…a bit of learning and thanks for Dacher encouraging to “gather the wisdom of cultural discourse” beyond my weekly meditation group. What a rich statement “tears mark this is sacred to me”, and recognizing our culture lacks tolerance for recognition. Indeed we need all those emotions and to name to tame.

  • Doug Abrams’ insightful and articulate interview style brought joy to us watching the intriguing session with Emiliana and Dacher.

  • Great take-out: talking with/to others about joyful moments, orienting to goodness, and keep the “ball rolling” of constant remembering and talking about joy in life. Let memories arise, share them and plan more moments of shared joy.

    • minute 44: “Sadness is grief proportionate to the loss. Depression is unproportionate to the loss.” It disables you to connect to others, to alleviate the sadness of loss. For an eventual “diagnosis”, check when sadness isolates one from friends& family, when you no longer share the sadness, it is depression, ergo needing psychotherapeutic support, professional or deep healing tutorship (spiritual guide).

  • I really did enjoy the session learn quite a bit I would like to go back and listen to this one a couple of times to really get things to sync and thank you and many blessings to you al

  • Wonderful discussion points and tips. Interesting limitations. Breathing, reframing. Severity and multitude of situations do challenge our abilities to stay regulating. A conversation worth revisiting and listening to.

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