Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas
Science Director, Greater Good Science Center

Emiliana Simon-Thomas is the Science Director at the Greater Good Science Centerat UC Berkeley. She earned her doctorate at Berkeley, using behavioral and neuroscientific methods to examine how emotions influence thinking and decision making. During her postdoc, Emiliana’s work focused on the biological underpinnings of pro-social states like compassion and love of humanity. Currently, Emiliana runs the GGSC’s Expanding Gratitude project, the Research Fellowship program, and co-leads GG101x: The Science of Happiness, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the EdX platform that has reached over 300K people. Her current work examines the advantages of authentically connecting with others, being kind, and belonging to a community with regards to physical health, well-being, psychosocial functioning and performance. Emiliana’s work aims to fully explore the potential for – as well as the benefits of – living a more meaningful life.


Greater Good Science Center
Podcast #77 — Aired December 14, 2015

For the final episode of BetterWorldians Radio’s Gratitude Series, we’re talking with the Greater Good Science Center about its Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project. Science Director Dr. Emiliana Simon-Thomas will discuss the fascinating research being done about the benefits of gratitude and how it’s improving lives and relationships.


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Best of Gratitude
Podcast #111 — Aired November 20, 2016

Just in time for the holidays, BetterWorldians Radio has a special episode featuring our Best of Gratitude. This week we’re sharing some highlights from the experts on how gratitude can make you happier, improve your life, and ultimately make the world a better place.


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