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No, You Can't Pick My Brain, But I'll Talk to You Anyway

Adam Grant | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Adam Grant

Call it the Law of Unexpected Utility. By definition, you cannot know when you meet someone today where that person will land tomorrow. If you make every decision by asking "What will I get in return?" you'll miss out on these moments of serendipity.

Can We Keep the Empathy State of Mind Alive?

Alyssa Piperis | Posted 09.15.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Piperis

The 14th anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone. My social media newsfeeds are filled with less outward sensitivity and commemoration today than they w...

My Mentor Never Gave His Last Lecture

Adam Grant | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Adam Grant

To millions of beloved readers, Jeff Zaslow was the advice columnist who replaced Ann Landers and the bestselling author who captured our hearts with moving books like The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. But to me and countless other writers, Jeff was a devoted mentor who gave countless hours of his time and energy to help aspiring authors.

"I Don't Need Your Help" -- But What if He Really Does?

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 05.28.2015 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

"As a child raised in an alcoholic home," Grace's message began, "I never learned the correct response to certain situations. I would not ask for help, and if offered help would often decline, afraid of the person's motives."

Elusive and Unsettling: Child and Youth Homelessness in America

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 05.26.2015 | DC
Jean-Michel Giraud

The elephant in the room is our conspicuous reluctance as a society to develop adequate service systems for homeless youth and children. Is the thought of the young people on the street so unsettling and counter to our values that we simply choose to look the other way? Is the reality of trafficking and exploitation so hard to face?

Why You Should Pay It Forward

Maryann Gubala | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Maryann Gubala

One way is to pay it forward or, in other words, commit random acts of kindness. Official Pay it Forward Day is April 30th this year, but random acts of kindness don't have to, nor should they be, limited to that one day.

The Incredible Value Of Gratitude At Work

Noelle Nelson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Noelle Nelson

When you're the boss or in a supervisory position at work, gratitude for your employees can make a real impact -- not only to your workers, but also t...

Born to Be Good

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 06.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Matthieu Ricard

A wise education should highlight the interdependence that reigns between people, animals, and our natural environment. By being taught to put more emphasis on cooperation than on competition, and on caring rather than indifference, children will be better equipped to contribute to a more altruistic society.

Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.

5 Easy Homework Strategies in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Rebecca Jackson

Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

5 Ways To Relieve Homework Stress in 5 Minutes

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

There are some techniques parents can use that encourage learning. Parents can give children "the right" kind of help by systematically reinforcing habits that help rather than hinder the learning process.

6 Pieces of Advice on Networking From Venture Capitalist Wayne Kimmel

David Ongchoco | Posted 02.02.2015 | College
David Ongchoco

Named as one of the Top Innovators in the Philadelphia region, Wayne Kimmel, a managing partner at SeventySix Capital, recently gave a talk about startups, venture capital and entrepreneurship here at Penn.

Why People Help Strangers and Risk Their Lives for Strangers?

Ervin Staub | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Ervin Staub

Already a day or two after birth infants show a primitive form of empathy; when they hear crying by another infant they begin to cry, but not when they hear a noise of the same intensity.

5 Ways to Instill Compassion in Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 09.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

As your children expand their social world, the messages from others become increasingly influential. You can actively create a critical mass of people and institutions that will support and reinforce your messages of compassion.

Dear Family Whisperer: My Son Is Selfish!

Melinda Blau | Posted 06.24.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Be explicit. When you hold your own "I" in check, help him notice: "Waiting on this line is so annoying. I feel like yelling at the lady behind the counter, but she's doing her best. Besides, I'm not the only one who has to wait."

Help Is on the Way

Stanley Ely | Posted 06.21.2014 | Religion
Stanley Ely

I expected him to do well and show me some of his work. The money could be renewed for the second semester and the next year of college. Though I imagined that Mel would want to maintain periodic contact -- at least it was what I hoped -- I was wrong.

5 Ordinary Acts That Make You Extraordinary

Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisabeth Saunders Medlock, Ph.D.

I have no outward sign of my disability. I don't have a guide dog, a white cane or dark glasses. But I am a fraud. I am passing. My truth is that I was blinded by an accident 3.5 years ago. And even though I, at my core, remained the same, how I relate to others and the way others relate to me has changed.

N is for Nurturing

Rajesh Setty | Posted 03.31.2014 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Your offering may be so good that some prospects may fall in love with it the moment they see it for the first time or hear about it for the first t...

We Can Make a Difference!

Annie Buckley | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Annie Buckley

We often think that when someone is ill or mourning or suffering in some way that whatever the person is going through must be so hard that we can't possibly help. Everyone is different. Be yourself. Do what comes naturally to you and is meaningful for your friend. If you have an idea, wild or simple, but aren't sure if it will help, ask!

How and Why to Give This Holiday Season

Debbie Gisonni | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Debbie Gisonni

Many non-profits can only survive through volunteerism. Your time is a precious commodity to them. If you can't give money, give an hour or one day a month. If you're out of work, you might even find a new passion or connection.

The Gift We Love to Receive But Forget to Give

Adam Grant | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Adam Grant

There's one form of giving that involves few costs, while offering offers dramatic benefits to the people around us. It's the single best way to help someone fall in love, and the most common way that people find a job. It's also the reason that the Beatles and the iPhone came to exist.

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.

Why You Shouldn't Say 'You're Welcome'

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

The script is so deeply ingrained that you don't even need to think about it. When you do a favor, and someone says "thank you," the automatic response is "you're welcome." But according to one leading psychologist, this isn't the best choice of words.

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.

The Paradox of Help

Randy Hain | Posted 08.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Randy Hain

A lot of thoughtful reflection, accountability from trusted friends and a sincere desire to change have helped me largely overcome my "help issues," although I am still far from perfect. I have learned to not only more easily accept assistance, but to seek it out from my extended network.