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April 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Mental Health Monday – The Connection: Meaning, Happiness, Mental Well Being
“The Evolution and Practice of Compassion” video with Professor Dacher Keltner
and Community Conversation led by Carol Landauer, LPC
Join us to watch this special video followed by a community conversation on the role of happiness and meaning in achieving mental health. What roles do happiness, meaning and purpose play for you? What are your paths to happiness? What obstacles do you face?
In this video Prof. Keltner explores:
- A cross-cultural view of happiness—and the latest science on its benefits
- The role of positive emotions like compassion, gratitude, and awe
- Stress‐reduction practices such as narrative and mindfulness to nurture health and happiness
Traditional psychology focuses on dysfunction, disorder, mental illness and treatment. In contrast, this more positive perspective explores paths to meaning and happiness that enable us not only to minimize negative and disabling symptoms in order to survive life but to thrive.
Dacher Keltner is a full professor at UC Berkeley, director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab, and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. Dacher’s research focuses on the biological and evolutionary origins of compassion, awe, love, beauty, emotional expression, power, social class, and inequality. Dacher is the coauthor of two textbooks, as well as the bestselling Born to Be Good and the forthcoming The Power Paradox. Dacher has published over 190 scientific articles; has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, and Utne Reader; and has received numerous national prizes and grants for his research. He recently served as a consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out.
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – The Mental Health Coalition presents a FREE program the last Monday of the month. The program is open to the public and we have a speaker or panel who discuss a specific area of mental illness.