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Thinking About Thinking

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2016 | GPS for the Soul
James R. Doty, M.D.

"Do you know what a mantra is, Jim?" I shook my head. I didn't have a clue. "It's kind of like a song or a sound you make that helps you focus your...

The Contagion Response: LA Businessman, Shlomo Rechnitz, Has the Right Idea!

Robi Ludwig, Psy.D. | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Robi Ludwig, Psy.D.

Giving is contagious and can lead to a cascade of generosity and positive feelings. Let's hope Shlomo's acts of kindness trigger the contagion effect and inspire us all to be a little bit kinder and more appreciative during this year. The world could certainly use it.

Using Text to Fulfill Your New Year's Resolution

Oliver Leung | Posted 01.05.2016 | Impact
Oliver Leung

Most resolutions are about self improvement -- get fit, eat well, explore more. This year, try selfless improvement. Volunteering your time is both ...

Efffective Altruism: Conversations with Peter Singer

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

Altruism Meets Effective Altruism: Thoughts on Conversations with Peter Singer In October, I had the honor of participating in a public discussion...

Compassion Is Not Enough, We Must Act

Leon Stuparich | Posted 12.09.2015 | Good News
Leon Stuparich

It was the day the UK had started airstrikes in Syria, and another mass shooting in the US left 14 dead in San Bernadino, California. Lee Stentaford and his cousin Perry Stentaford decided they we going to do a simple action to help the homeless in London, that would inspire thousands of people all over the world.

Being Charitable May Have An Unexpected (And Unwelcome) Effect On You | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.28.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Stephanie Pappas Published: 11/25/2015 08:25 AM EST on LiveScience After donating to the food pantry or toy drive this holiday season, watch your...

How to Put the Giving Into Thanksgiving

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 11.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

In a perfect world, we would all be this grateful -- and at Thanksgiving, we could sit down and the thankfulness would flow forth genuinely and profusely. But many of us aren't there yet, and focusing on generosity can be a different way to increase gratitude in the world this Thanksgiving.

Are Religious Children More Ungenerous?

Martin Marty | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

"Crisis-talk," including talk about religious crises, dominates media and discourse currently. Terrorism. Migration. Economies. Morality. These and others are big-screen topics, but they reflect the small accumulating evidences.

Be Selfish This Christmas: Shred Your Wish List

Joey Savoie | Posted 11.23.2015 | Science
Joey Savoie

Our longing for a consumerism-free Christmas doesn't have to be wasted. There's one gift that let's you skip the lineups and stampedes and bring real joy to yourself, your entire wish list and the world at large.

7 Reasons To Pratice Gratitude All Year Long

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Now that we're officially in the holiday season, generosity and gratitude reign supreme. We're altruistic because we're motivated at this time of year...

How Community Involvement Has Helped Me Thrive With Schizophrenia

Brandon Staglin | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Brandon Staglin

One sunny afternoon early this month, I took my dog Cooper for a walk around the meadow behind my wife's and my home. As Cooper and I followed the tra...

A Call for Solidarity

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

Compassion allows us to express unlimited empathy for the victims and their loved ones and also permits us to free their spirits from being executed again by hatred and cruelty. We need to ask ourselves what series of events over the course of time led to this terrible situation.

Words Of Wisdom From Mr. Rogers For All Of Us After The Paris Tragedy

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion

It's in times of great catastrophe and heartbreak that we need our friends the most. So in the wake of the attacks on Paris and violence in ma...

Does Religion Make Us Worse People?

Christian Piatt | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Christian Piatt

There's a well-known phenomenon in churches where young families, many of whom have not been involved in organized religion since before college, retu...

'Two Trees in Jerusalem' by Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, A Review

Noam Schimmel | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion
Noam Schimmel

Two Trees in Jerusalem, which has now been translated into English and is newly available in the United States, is a deeply personal, intimate memoir by a German woman, Cornelia Schmalz-Jacobsen, recalling her childhood years in Germany during World War 2 and the Holocaust, and her parents' highly exceptional actions in protecting and rescuing Jews from the Nazis.

Why Are Religious Children Mean?

Cindy Brandt | Posted 11.12.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

We Christians should turn our attention to the log in our own eyes and examine how we could do better--how we can raise our children with more kindness and generosity.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 23. A New Pair of Genes.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

Before we left the hospital with Lev, the nurse gave us a little lecture about how important it is not to shake the baby. We've all read about awful incidents in the newspaper often enough to realize why the state has now mandated this little chat with new parents--though I found it odd that they not only explain it, but make both parents sign a document promising we would not violently shake Lev.

Why It Is Better to Receive Than Give

Kara Post-Kennedy | Posted 10.23.2015 | Women
Kara Post-Kennedy

Happy Halloween! Here's a "trick" question for you: is it better to receive a free treat or give one? Actually, no trick... receiving free candy is empirically better than giving it. Right?

Will the World Awaken? Prospects For the Sustainable Development Agenda Adopted by the United Nations

Bernard Starr | Posted 10.15.2015 | Green
Bernard Starr

I asked authors Rick Clugston, Herman Greene, and Kurt Johnson to elaborate on their thinking about the prospects for altruism and oneness ascending in global consciousness. Here is their thoughtful communication.

Daily Meditation: Altruism

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be pa...

In Search of the Human Soul in the Syrian Crisis

Homaira Kabir | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Homaira Kabir

Universal compassion is a high standard that we may not be ready for. But we can take a step closer, even if we do not see its fruits in this lifetime.

Major Shifts in Science Challenge Religions, and Especially Their Activists

Rory McEntee | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Rory McEntee

Pope Francis' May 24, 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, on the state of the earth's environment and humanity's responsibility for action, represents a growing transformational shift in the relationship between science, social justice, progressive secularism, and religious consciousness.

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

This Was Not the Blog I Planned to Write...

Dan Duffy | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Dan Duffy

The other night, my friend Renata and I got into a bit of a rhetorical discussion that was born from an old episode of Friends. The basic gist was, does anyone ever really do anything for someone from a truly altruistic perspective?

Reconceiving the Idea of Selfishness

Peter Schwartz | Posted 08.04.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

In the realm of ethics, no characteristic is more widely condemned than selfishness. Practically no one challenges the premise, which we're all taught from childhood, that acting for one's own benefit is morally tainted, while sacrificing for the benefit of others is the essence of moral virtue. It is considered self-evident that selfishness is evil.