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Altruism

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.

A Random Act of Kindness: Two Dollars Can Change My Life

Owen Griffith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Owen Griffith

The challenge or experiment this week for all of us is to find a good deed to do and not to get caught or tell anyone, and see if we feel that sunshine grow inside us. Then, repeat the challenge often. If I can do this myself, those two dollars will be the best investment someone has ever made.

What Buddhist Monk Matthieu Ricard Has To Say About Saving The Planet

Mark Tercek | Posted 07.22.2015 | Green
Mark Tercek

Renowned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard believes we similarly should cultivate our ability to care and show compassion -- not only in our personal lives, but professionally, too.

Dealing With Iran: Self-Interest vs. Self-Sacrifice

Peter Schwartz | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

What we need instead is a foreign policy based on an ethics of self-interest--a foreign policy that holds as its sole purpose the safeguarding of Americans against international threats.

Carolyn Gregoire

Why This Scientist And Buddhist Monk Is Calling For An 'Altruism Revolution'

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 07.17.2015 | Religion

Matthieu Ricard has lived many lives. As a young student in Paris during the late 1960s, he was writing his dissertation in biochemistry at the...

A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama -- Global Compassion Education

Emily Hine | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Emily Hine

While I love his wish, I say let's take it a step further: Let's give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world.

The Why And How Of Altruism: A Conversation With Matthieu Ricard (All Together Podcast)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Why do we do good and is there a way we can do more of it?

Adam Smith vs. Ayn Rand

David Morris | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
David Morris

Even with Medicare and Medicaid, tens of millions of Americans lack access to adequate medical care. Many millions have been plunged into bankruptcy because of medical expenses. Obamacare was established to deal with these stark facts. The case of Luis Lang demonstrates that Obamacare is only a step in the right direction.

The Science of Altruism (VIDEO)

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

You will not get altruism just by wishing for it. You need to train. You can do it twenty minutes a day, and you can do it a few seconds every hour. You stop, you look around, and whomever you see, you say, "May that person be happy. May that person flourish."

5 Styles of Perfectionism: Which One Are You?

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

Practitioners and researchers talk about perfectionism in a number of different ways, and there are different types or styles of perfectionism. Here are five:

One for All, All for One

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.28.2015 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

Clearly, honesty is the foundation of being good. Honesty is the baseline. Pay your taxes, return the wallet you found on a park bench, and write down exactly how many golf strokes you had on a particular hole.

How Awe-Inspiring Experiences Can Make You A More Altruistic Person

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 05.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Think back to the last time to you gazed out over a mountaintop after a long hike, breathed in the salty air after a good swim at the beach, or even s...

Earthquake in Nepal: Altruism, Solidarity and Institutionalized Selfishness

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

Let's hope this this wonderful Himalayan country with its unique cultures and courageous people can survive and flourish in the future.

A Greater Good: How One Landlord Helps Low-Income Renters

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Rebekah Bastian

I wanted to hear stories about people who had turned their lives around after being given a chance at housing. As it turned out, Charles' own story was the most inspiring of all.

Dare to Be 100: Peter Singer's Mighty Voice

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Yesterday I bought Singer's new book, "The Most Good You Can Do: How Effective Altruism is Changing Ideas About Living Ethically." (1) I eagerly look ...

An Altruistic Terrorist?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Let's look at altruism not as a genetically inherited characteristic but in the old fashioned way, as an attitude.

A Living Stranger Gives a Piece of Himself, His Kidney, to Save a Mother's Life

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Good News
Arlene Nisson Lassin

More incredible than donating to someone known or related is that many people are donating organs to absolute strangers -- living donors giving away a major body part to someone who they have never met.

The Meaning of Life (the Real One, not Monty Python)

Peter Samuelson | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Peter Samuelson

isn't one of the defining features of an alert life in its third and terminal act, surely to look back, look forward, and to ask what this is all for? I have, and I continue to do so.x

Can Effective Altruism Really Change The World?

The Week | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

A relatively recent movement called Effective Altruism has been shaking up philanthropy. The premise is simple: People are concerned how much good the...

Towards Sustainable Harmony: An Altruistic Approach

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 05.12.2015 | Green
Matthieu Ricard

In order to create and maintain this harmony, we must reduce the rampant consumption that takes place in rich countries on one hand, and, on the other, lift a billion people out of poverty. Is it useful to have a rich and all-powerful nation populated by unhappy people?

In Defense of Animals

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

By caring for animals as well, we do not love human beings less. We actually can love them better because our altruistic love grows stronger and vaster.

Five Signs You're Living Your Soul Signature

Panache Desai | Posted 04.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Panache Desai

If you're tired of the internal struggle and feeling like you're just getting by, stop doing what you're doing and start being who you were meant to be. Awaken your spiritual DNA, embrace your brilliant Soul Signature, and feel the difference that will change your world.

Want Better Work-Life Balance? Try Doing Something Kind For Others

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living

Want to feel a great sense of work-life balance? Instead of doing less, try doing more -- for others. According to a new study, volunteering may i...