Best of the Archives: The Science of Happiness: Emiliana Simon-Thomas
In a previous interview with Dan, the Dalai Lama said something along the lines of, “everyone’s selfish; that’s the way we’re wired. But if you’re going to be selfish, you should be wisely selfish.”
Wise selfishness takes into account the fact that what really makes humans happy is to care for other people. This notion has been a central part of the Buddhist platform for millenia, but is now being borne out in scientific research.
Today’s guest is Emiliana Simon-Thomas. She is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where she is a co-instructor of its Science of Happiness online course.
In this conversation, Emiliana talks to us about the difference between empathy and compassion, how we can be happier by being more compassionate and connected, what we misunderstand about love, and a more scientific definition for that culturally loaded term
Just to note -- this is a re-run of an older episode we pulled out of our vault for a few reasons:
1. It’s summer and we want to give our tireless staff a break; and 2. This is one of our all-time favorite episodes and one that many of our tens of thousands of new listeners may not have heard.
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Where to find Emiliana Simon-Thomas online:
Other Resources Mentioned:
- Tania Singer
- Bill Harbaugh
- Darryl Cameron, compassion collapse
- Tonglen practice
- Love 2.0 by Barbara Fredrickson