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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.

The Benefits of Feeling Awe

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Jeremy Adam Smith Camping in New Mexico, far from cities and their light pollution, Craig Anderson would look up and feel small under the countless c...

Why Do We Feel Awe?

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Greater Good Science Center

Take the time to pause and open your mind to those things which you do not fully understand. You will be the better for it -- and, as your feelings of awe ripple out through acts of kindness, so will the rest of us.

Sadness: The Heroic Emotion (Inspired by the Movie 'Inside Out')

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Although often used interchangeably, an emotion differs from a feeling. The movie "Inside Out" inspired me to explore that distinction as well as the...

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

Emily Hine | Posted 07.03.2016 | 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.

Our Brains Are Hardwired For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Our culture is often portrayed as greedy. We supposedly want money, power and fame, but at the same time, it's in our nature to care deeply for others...

Darwin's Claim of Universals in Facial Expression Not Challenged

Paul Ekman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Science
Paul Ekman

Lisa Feldman Barrett's Feb. 28 New York Times op-ed seeks to undermine the science showing universality in the interpretation of facial expressions. We feel compelled to respond so that the public is not misled and is apprised of the broader, Darwin-inspired science of emotional expression that many scientists are working on.

Kindness: A New Documentary Is Spreading the Word

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.06.2014 | Good News
Russell C. Smith

Good Virus: Kindness Is Contagious, by documentary filmmaker, David Gaz explores the idea of kindness as an emotional contagion, and a force for good in the world.

The Science of Compassion

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living
James R. Doty, M.D.

Science and technology have the potential to profoundly impact the human landscape, taking us either to the deepest, darkest valleys of human suffering or to the highest peaks of human potential. What will stop us from choosing the former is the cultivation of compassion.

I Am Review: Hollywood Director Exlores What's Right with the World

Dan Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dan Siegel

As the world is transfixed by remarkable change in the Middle East, America's popcorn culture distracts us with another Nicholas Cage road rage movie ...

Absolute Yes's and Absolute No's

Ariane de Bonvoisin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ariane de Bonvoisin

"What are your three absolute yes's and your three absolute no's as far as your life partner goes?