People, Campus & community

Calm amid COVID-19: Compassion

By Roxanne Makasdjian

In the second in a series of short videos , UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner discusses the benefits of compassion for others and ourselves.

Keltner, who is co-founder of the campus’s Greater Good Science Center, has studied stress, relationships and well-being for 25 years. His videos are designed to keep people feeling calm and resilient in the face of COVID-19, a pandemic that has touched every aspect of our lives and profoundly disrupted our sense of well-being and produced uncertainty and anxiety.

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 .