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Altruism

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

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 04.16.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.25.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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.

We Share More When We Feel Interconnected

Joel Tauber | Posted 03.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Joel Tauber

The act of sharing re-awakens our more interconnected selves. It blurs the boundaries between what is mine and thine, as philosopher Win-chiat Lee so eloquently explains; and it brings us together in the process.

Lindsay Holmes

7 Reasons To Practice Gratitude That Have Nothing To Do With The Holidays

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.24.2014 | 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...

Mormon Service Advocates Launch New Faith-Themed Website, Podcast

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Joseph Peterson

From that website they affirm that "No Poor Among Them is a project devoted to education and inspiration in the art of service and the passion to end poverty."

The Best Way To De-Stress This Holiday Season

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.19.2014 | Healthy Living

Despite its long-sung reputation as "the most wonderful time of the year," the holiday season is easily one of the most stressful times as well. A rec...

Beautiful Acts Of Kindness To Share On The Anniversary Of Sandy Hook

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 12.14.2014 | Healthy Living

It's been two years since the heartbreaking events at Sandy Hook Elementary and on Dec. 14, we'll stand together to remember the lives lost. In honor ...

'The Road To Genocide Can Be Paved With Mirror Neurons'

Pacific Standard | Noah Berlatsky | Posted 12.12.2014 | World

“We are good,” Donald Pfaff declares early on in The Altruistic Brain. By this he means that all humans are innately moral, not in a philosophical...

5 Ways Faith Contributes to Strong Marriages, New Studies Suggest

David Briggs | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

Four studies published in the Journal of Family Psychology indicate that cultivating practices such as selfless prayer, spiritual intimacy and compassionate love can help keep couples happily together through the challenges of marriage.

Volunteering Can Improve Your Quality Of Life -- And These Countries Know It

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living

The benefits of altruism are significant -- and it looks like the world is starting to take notice. According to a new report from the U.K.-based C...