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Crosscurrents

Professor Dacher Keltner talks about the science of happiness

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There’s a science to happiness. And one of the centers for its study is right here in the Bay Area.

The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley studies human happiness, compassion and altruism. KALW's Hana Baba wanted to find out the formula, so she went to the center and sat down with its co-director Dacher Keltner, author of the book, Born To Be Good.

We bring them to to the lab and we measure different facial expressions. And we know what the happy smile looks like and how it’s different from the compassionate smile or the loving smile.

Click the audio player above to listen to the entire interview.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.