Dacher Keltner, PhD – Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life 2018-10-22T19:12:41-06:00

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Dacher Keltner, PhD

If you have purchased the Summit Resource Package, click here to log in. Or, to see which videos are still freely available, click here.

What You’ll Learn

  • Learn what our "Born to be Good" tendencies are, and follow along in a practice to cultivate them in your own life

  • Consider the 3 aspects of a meaningful life and hear examples of practices that you can use to help your students find awe and meaning

  • Hear 3 tips on how to stay inspired, and understand the importance of self-care in making your efforts to bring mindfulness into your classroom last

About Dacher Keltner

Dacher Keltner is a full professor at UC Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Social Interaction Lab and faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center. He is the co-author of two textbooks, as well as the best-selling Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life, The Compassionate Instinct, and the The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence from Penguin Press in 2016. Dacher has also written for the New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, and Utne Reader. Of late he has taken delight in translating Social Psychology outside of the lab, serving as a consultant for Pixar’s Inside Out, and at Facebook, Google, Apple, and Twitter.

Learn more about Dacher and his work here, and at the Greater Good Science Center.

Get Unlimited Access to All Summit Recordings


  1. Cristina Anton October 28, 2018 at 3:12 am - Reply

    I really think that respiration techniques could help us to be more connected with our body. This speech made me more curious about the vague nerve and I have read about it. I found some methods to stimulate it. Thank you for all the ideas you shared with us. I admire your positivity.

  2. Carherine October 22, 2018 at 5:04 am - Reply

    “Self-care is not selfish” prompted these thoughts: Self-care supports self-giving , self-expression, and a healthy surrender to what is, in the moment, followed by the strength to respond with care for self in the context of the greater good.

    As a kindness advocate and recent retiree, I feel led to bring attention to kindness, as in an event with the invitation to imagine, “What if?”: Becoming Kind-Minded in a Crazy-Making World: The Power of Song to Cultivate Kindness
    What if?
    1. We embrace the journey to becoming kind-minded in a crazy-making world.
    2. We practice moments of mindful kindness: Pause. Breathe. Choose.
    3. We cultivate a kind mind, open heart, and vibrant, resilient, joyful spirit.
    4. We are anchored in kindness: Be the blessing. Be the light. Choose kindness.
    5. Together, we pledge: I commit to kindness. We commit to kindness.

    Your feedback is welcome. Thank you.

  3. Catherine October 22, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

    It was thoughtful of Luisa to share this information. As I wondered what generated “deemed unsafe” I tried to generate a similar warning. Among a list of search results for “ggia” it is apparent that “ggia” is not “https” the preferred level of security. That said, this http URL does have a McAfee green check mark by it, with the following site report,
    “Looks like ggia.berkeley.edu/ is safe
    We combed through this site and everything checks out. Enjoy. ”

    I see this a lot. Go figure!

  4. Diane Bloom McCabe October 21, 2018 at 9:37 am - Reply

    Really interesting work and perspective. I am sharing with my daughters, both of whom are educators. Thank you.

  5. luisa October 21, 2018 at 2:20 am - Reply

    Careful! The recommended website ggia.berkley.edu is deemed unsafe as of Oct.20th, 2018. Check before you download anything

Leave A Comment