Research, Mind & body

Calm amid COVID-19: Mindful breathing

By Public Affairs

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner has launched a video series to share science-based strategies to help people cope with the stress and uncertainty of COVID-19 (UC Berkeley video by Roxanne Makasdjian)

In touching every aspect of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted our sense of well-being and produced uncertainty and anxiety. How do we find resilience while remaining productive and caring family members, friends, professionals and citizens in these unprecedented times?

In a series of short videos , UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner, who has studied stress, relationships and well-being for 25 years and is co-founder of the campus’s Greater Good Science Center , will share ideas and practices for cultivating resilience and connection as we face the challenges of the coming months.

Drawing on insights from the center’s Science of Happiness online course , podcast series and magazine , Keltner shares tips on how to manage stress and find meaningful connections while social distancing, completing each video with simple, science-tested practices useful for this moment in time. The videos can also be viewed on YouTube .