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Valentine's Day Knows No Boundaries

Bil Hitchcock | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
Bil Hitchcock

Valentine's Day is fast have only four days to buy that something special for your special someone. This someone could be a long-...

How To Avoid Giving Regret

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 01.23.2017 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President This article is also available in: French; Polish This article first ...

5 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Giving

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 12.19.2016 | Parents
Greater Good Science Center

Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year). By Jason Marsh During the holidays, opportunities abound to help kid...

In Praise Of Altruism

Dr. Bill Cloke | Posted 12.13.2016 | Impact
Dr. Bill Cloke

"Altruism is a benevolent state of mind. To be altruistic is to be concerned about the fate of all those around us and to wish them well. This should ...

Loving Animals Is Good for Us

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 12.05.2016 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Can being with animals actually improve our well-being?

When Irrational Behavior Can Be Beneficial

Quora | Posted 11.30.2016 | Good News

What are some examples from history of people behaving irrationally in a way that was beneficial? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing...

Applying The Scientific Method To Charity

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

Caption: Hands touching world (image credit) This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers...

Who Is Attracted to Inspiring Media?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 10.18.2016 | Media
Greater Good Science Center

By Sophie H. Janicke Cat videos are hilarious, no doubt about that. But videos of altruism--like a bear saving a crow from drowning or a man in the s...

Altruists Have More Sex

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

So singles who are tired of Tinder may want to opt for a different strategy. Volunteering at the local food pantry won't only make you feel good; it may be an excellent way to meet a mate.

Debunking Myths About Awe

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 09.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

When I met with Dacher to ask him a few questions, I realized I had a lot of mistaken assumptions about awe--assumptions that many people share, and our culture seems to encourage. In the interview below, he debunks many of those assumptions and presents a view of awe as accessible, plannable, and absolutely essential.

Altruistic People Have More Sex

Science of Us | Posted 08.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

(Photo: Ryan J Lane) By Drake Baer There's more good news for warmhearted hornballs. A study I covered last month found that in relationships, the m...

Cleveland Native Needed Just A Chance To Make An Impact

Louis Bolling | Posted 08.12.2016 | Religion
Louis Bolling

During a muggy and humid weekend in the City of Brotherly Love, Harold Rasul sought a chance for himself, his coaching staff and student-athletes from East Cleveland's Shaw High School.

Altruism: Better Late Than Never

Pioneers for Change | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Paula Gardner "Altruism is innate, but it's not instinctual. Everybody's wired for it, but a switch has to be flipped." David Rakoff Apart fr...

The Kind Of Person Who Has More Sex Will Surprise You

The Huffington Post | Bahar Gholipour | Posted 07.22.2016 | Science

People who tend to put others’ well-being over their own and are quick to lend a helping hand may be rewarded by having more sex, and more sexual pa...

The Bell Curve Of Human Nature

Jonathan F.P. Rose | Posted 07.06.2016 | Impact
Jonathan F.P. Rose

The range of human nature falls along a bell curve of behavior, with saints at one extreme, and fascists on the other. Most of us fall in the middle. ...

The Panama Papers Reveal The Solution To Global Suffering

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

There are few legal tools to punish wealthy tax evaders. Yet we can hope that revelations such as the Panama Papers leak and articles such as this one encourage them to bring at least some of their millions and use it both to decrease our tax burden and address global suffering.

The Healing Arts Initiative Scandal Shows The Need For Effective Altruism

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 06.06.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

The Healing Arts Initiative is a nonprofit that brings concerts and theatrical performances to hundreds of thousands of disabled, elderly, and poor people each year.

Is the Pursuit of Happiness Self-Defeating

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 05.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Marc Fleurbaey

Obviously, comparability is required before SWB enhancing policies can be designed even if, as our results suggest, SWB measures provide a good proxy for what people care about in their lives. Future research exploring this question could provide the next big push to the happiness wave.

Am I a Sinner? Are You? Is God?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 04.20.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I've never been able to get my mind around the concept of original sin and its corollary, Jesus's atoning death on the cross.

Craigslist Founder Answers A Question He's Always Wanted To Be Asked

Quora | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

A Sober Look at Ourselves and our Economic Growth Models

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 03.24.2016 | Impact
St. Gallen Symposium

By Lodewikus Lombaard, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow community Humanity is cunningly brave, lucidly paranoid and s...

The Shackles of Paternalism

Peter Schwartz | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Today, the "nanny-state" is omnipresent. Its latest pernicious intrusion pertains to pain relief medication. Doctors are being told to restrict their prescriptions of opioids, the drugs (such as Percocet and Vicodin) used to reduce extreme pain. Why? Because the government is concerned about patients who overuse the drugs, leading to addiction and sometimes death.

How Effective Giving Can Prevent Another Wounded Warrior

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 03.15.2016 | Impact
Gleb Tsipursky

We all have the power to prevent future WWP scandals and improve our society. We can be effective donors by adopting the attitude of savvy investors, and not only encourage our favorite nonprofits to be more transparent and accurately measure their impact, but also ensure that we can truly trust that nonprofit to spend our money wisely.

Celebrating Kidney Donors on World Kidney Day

Jen Reeder | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Jen Reeder

Donating my left kidney to my husband in 2012 is one of the best things I've ever done in my life. It is incredibly empowering and gratifying to save the life of the man you love and watch him regain his vitality. And being a donor hasn't hindered my life in any way -- it's only enhanced it.

Rachel Tribble Explores Meditation, Multiple Dimensions and Philanthropy Through Art

Samantha Matcovsky | Posted 02.25.2017 | Arts
Samantha Matcovsky

Tucked away in the mountains of Colorado, you can find Rachel Tribble. Philanthropic, meditative, artistic Rachel Tribble, who welcomes elk into her y...