Center for the Advancement of Well-Being
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The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscince of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society. Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice by sponosring groundbreaking scientific research in social and emotional well-being, and helping people apply this research to their personal and professional lives.

The Positive Psychology Center promotes research, training, education, and the dissemination of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive. This field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive Psychology has three central concerns: positive emotions, positive individual traits, and positive institutions.

The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) conducts rigorous interdisciplinary research on healthy qualities of mind such as kindness, compassion, forgiveness and mindfulness. Scientists at CIHM represent an integrated team with a broad array of research methodologies from behavioral to neuroscientific. The CIHM engages in translational research and outreach with the goal of cultivating healthy qualities of the mind at the individual, community and global levels. The work and research of this Center are at the forefront of the scientific and scholarly communities, and have led to the development of a new hybrid discipline – contemplative neuroscience.

CCARE was established at Stanford University within the Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Research at the School of Medicine to support and conduct rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior. Drawing from several disciplines including neuroscience, psychology, economics and contemplative traditions, research at CCARE also examines methods for cultivating compassion and promoting altruism within individuals and society-wide.

The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society is a visionary force and global leader in mind-body medicine. They have pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches in mainstream medicine and healthcare through patient care, research, academic medical and professional education, and into the broader society through diverse outreach and public service initiatives. Directed by Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA, since 2000 and founded in 1995 by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD , the Center is an outgrowth of the acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic – the oldest and largest academic medical center-based stress reduction program in the world.

The University of Virginia's Mindfulness Center supports the integration of mindfulness-based practices into the clinical, educational and research programs of the UVA Health System and the central Virginia community. The UVA Mindfulness Center offers intensive training courses to develop mindfulness skills - the practice of focusing our attention on our inner experience at the moment that it is happening.

Duke Integrative Medicine is committed to transforming the way healthcare is delivered in the 21st century with expert providers to integrate the best of Western scientific medicine with proven complementary therapies to address the whole person--body, mind, spirit, and community. Integrative Medicine is a new approach to medical care that brings patient and practitioner together in a dynamic partnership dedicated to optimizing the patient's health and healing. This approach focuses on the whole person, recognizing that the subtle interactions of mind, body, spirit and community have a direct impact on vitality and well-being.

Contemplative pedagogy involves teaching methods designed to cultivate deepened awareness, concentration, and insight.  Contemplation fosters additional ways of knowing that complement the rational methods of traditional liberal arts education. The aim of contemplative pedagogy is to use teaching that includes methods designed to quiet and shift the habitual chatter of the mind to cultivate a capacity for deepened awareness, concentration, and insight. Such methods include journals, music, art, poetry, dialogue, questions, and guided meditation. Research confirms that these contemplative forms of inquiry can offset the constant distractions of our multi-tasking, multi-media culture.

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