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Altruism

The Secret to Making a Difference

Mike Liguori | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Mike Liguori

Difference is a big word and the act of service is beneficial. It does not require an immense amount of energy and rather than talk about the need to make the positive impact, we need to focus on our allotment of personal time.

Naïve Altruism in Science? Five Traits of Altruistic Academics

Michelle Kelly-Irving | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Michelle Kelly-Irving

In academia, as in most spheres of life, you come across overly competitive and self-serving individuals. However, the majority of my experiences have been positive. So what are the traits of these altruistic academics?

Everyone Can Be a Philanthropist!

Charlie Nelms, Ed.D. | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Charlie Nelms, Ed.D.

I doubt my parents had ever heard of the word philanthropy. Yet, there they were fully immersed in a lifetime of philanthropic activities, sharing their time, talents and meager financial resources with the community of which they were an integral part.

The Story Behind This Photo Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 10.30.2013 | Black Voices

In a world where two men were insensitive enough to dress up as Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman for a Halloween party, and a black college student...

If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become ...

Is It Rational to Be Selfish

Denise Cummins, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Denise Cummins, Ph.D.

The take-home message from this body of research is this: What counts as a fair transaction depends in large part on perceived relative social status -- where the parties stand in their perceived hierarchy and how they believe they got there.

We Weren't Born Selfish

Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion

ALTRUISM – Forget everything you have been taught, because Matthieu Ricard is here to teach you a new way of interpreting the human being. A French ...

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

Can There Be a Decent Human Civilization Without Religion?

Robin Ince | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Robin Ince

The roots of charity, empathy and altruism are not in religion, they are in our evolution -- these are the roots, but we can rise above them. We have begun to. Isn't it time we grew from our adolescence to the young adult stage of our existence?

Roadside Assistance: A Question of Guilt and the Duty to Rescue

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

I keep asking, as the accident replays in my head, if I should have stopped. Even after everyone I told me that calling 9-1-1 was more than enough, my perceived moral failure continues to trouble me, and probably will for the rest of my life.

How A (Very) Little, Daily Favor Can Change Your Life

Posted 09.03.2013 | Healthy Living

Want to make the world a better place? Want to get a leg-up at work? Good -- you can do both. Enter the five-minute favor. The concept is no more ...

Eating Animals: Compassion, Health and Planet

Chris Sosa | Posted 10.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Chris Sosa

We kill animals not because we need their flesh but because we want it for our consumption, clothing, decoration or any other completely unnecessary reason.

Carolyn Gregoire

The Giving Habits of Americans May Surprise You (INFOGRAPHIC)

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact

"There's another path to success," writes Wharton professor Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, "One that focuses less on getting and more on giving....

Can One Person Make a Difference? You Should Certainly Try

Matthew Ricketts | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Matthew Ricketts

You can touch the lives of those around you with small, daily acts of kindness. When measured against the vastness of the world these acts may be insignificant, but to the person whose live you have touched, the significance can become profound.

See What's Likable

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Your brain continually tracks whether something is pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral. In essence, is it a carrot, a stick, or safely ignored? Naturally, we like -- we enjoy -- what's pleasant, dislike what's unpleasant, and wish what's neutral would get pleasant pronto.

WATCH: What Happens When A Wallet Is Intentionally Lost? Pure Magic!

William Goodman | Posted 08.15.2013 | Good News

Filmmaker Casey Neistat recognizes that things aren't always going to go right. Bad things happen to good people, regardless of how hard you try. B...

Pay It Forward -- A 'Karma Seed' for Success

Tom Lowery | Posted 10.05.2013 | Small Business
Tom Lowery

In this global world of ours, businesses should take note: there are more ways to make money beyond bottom line methods. And there's more to planting good "Karma Seeds" besides making money.

Warren Buffett: Happiness Guru?

Michael I. Norton | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael I. Norton

Just as we have taken his advice on making money, research suggests we should now take his advice on making happiness. By rethinking how we spend our money -- even as little as $5 -- we can reap more happiness for every dollar we spend.

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman: 10 Ways to Truly Embody Success

Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD | Posted 08.19.2013 | Women
Jamie Lauren Zimmerman, MD

What if our definition of success included not only achievement, but also happiness, well-being and our contribution to society?

Hunger and Hoarding in the Welfare State

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.11.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our primitive human ancestors hunted and foraged for plants, and they also faced periods of debilitating hunger. But our ancient ancestors came up with a better solution to the problem of scarcity. They embraced communal values, in words if not in actions.

Be Benevolent

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Benevolence is a fancy word that means something simple: good intentions toward living beings, including oneself.

Try This: An Exercise In Generosity

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Moving through your day, try considering your contributions as offerings -- particularly the little things that are easy to overlook, such as the laundry, courteous driving, or saying thanks. When you relate to everyday actions as offerings, you feel an intimacy with the world.

Fear, Good and Bad: Lessons From an Awful Week in Boston

David Ropeik | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Fear is not something we can turn off, something we can consciously control.

The Power of One

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

I believe this troubled time calls on us to open our minds and hearts to the innumerable connections we share with others -- in our families, communities, social systems, and on our planet -- and strive to understand what it means to be human now.

Trust in Love

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Trusting in love does not mean assuming that someone will love you. It means confidence in the fundamentally loving nature of every person, and in the wholesome power of your own lovingness to protect you and touch the heart of others.