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Altruism

A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama - Global Compassion Education

Emily Hine | Posted 07.04.2015 | Impact
Emily Hine

The Dalai Lama's 80th Birthday Wish Is That We All Live #WithCompassion. While I love his wish, I say let's take it a step further: let's give His Ho...

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...

Campfires, Socialism, and Multi-Level Selection

Joel Tauber | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Joel Tauber

I'm certainly grateful that I have biological impulses to act altruistically, but I'm also aware that I can't rely on them. They won't free me of the fundamental conflict between altruism and selfishness that is wired into my DNA, and they won't enable me to reach beyond my current limitations.

Let Altruism Be Your Guide: TED Talk

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

Excepts From My Latest TED Talk WATCH We have an extraordinary potential for goodness but also an immense power to do harm. Any tool can be used...

How Do We Figure Out How Much to Share?

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Joel Tauber

There are plenty of reasons to embrace the value of sharing, even if it's difficult to lump all of those reasons together into one philosophical framework.

Do Parents Squash the Kindness in Their Kids?

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 03.28.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

If all of us parents could try not to let those opportunities to help and care pass by, if we could all try being kinder, if we could just try not to squash the kindness in our kids, just imagine what might happen.

#ExceptionalCareers Series: How to Be a Creative Altruist

Sanyin Siang | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Sanyin Siang

Creative altruism comes in many different forms. But it stems from a mindset of helping others whenever you can even when there is no direct benefit to you. So here are three ways to practice creative altruism.

Altruism in the Face of Violence

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 03.17.2015 | Religion
Matthieu Ricard

At a time of worldwide challenges, altruism is an ever-more-urgent necessity. Whether we pursue a spiritual path or not, the first task we have to set for ourselves is to become better human beings.

Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2015 | Education
Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.

Yet a closer examination of the science behind social-emotional learning reveals a story of human development that suggests an even deeper reason for implementing it -- one that goes beyond teaching these skills solely to remedy our social ills or to enhance academic success.