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Altruism

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.

craigconnects Celebrates a Second Anniversary

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

It's craigconnects' second anniversary already, and we've worked with some real good people in the last year to get stuff done.

Sustainable Satisfaction: How Aging Makes Your Mind More Charitable

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

What is it that draws so many of us to community causes as we age? Is it just an excess of wealth that inspires philanthropy, or are our brains actually learning to perceive our relationships with the world around us in different ways?

Competitive Kindness: How Our Desires Make Us More Generous

Ben Thomas | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

And according to a recent study, generosity helps powerful people keep each other in check. By keeping each others' selfishness in check, these "aristocrats" actually free up more resources for the larger community.

The Power of One: The Psychology of Charity

Wray Herbert | Posted 04.14.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Our compassion and generosity should grow as the number of poor and suffering multiplies, but the opposite seems to occur. Some numbers are just too big and abstract to grasp, so they lose their power.

Unshakable Humanity: Altruism and Disaster

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.17.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Will the precocious altruism of childhood survive severe tribulation, or will kids revert back to their earlier self-centeredness? The Sichuan earthquake provided a natural "stress test" to examine the strength of youthful generosity.

The Importance of Applause

Randi Miller | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Miller

People often wonder aloud why other people choose to get up on stage at karaoke, or perform in front of other people in a play or give a speech at a fundraiser, and it's always difficult for me to see why it's so hard for them to understand.

On Holiday Spirit: It Actually Does Make Us Kinder

Posted 12.25.2012 | Healthy Living

By Brett Spiegel for Everyday Health We all move throughout the year consumed by our own stresses and responsibilities -- whether it's work, money,...

From Entitled to Thankful: Raising Children with an Attitude of Gratitude

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents
David Sack, M.D.

It isn't until later in life that most people discover one of the keys to happiness: gratitude. The concept of thankfulness can be difficult for adults to embrace, and even harder for children and teens who believe the world revolves around them. Here's how to begin.

The Science Behind Altruism: Health Benefits Of Giving

Terri Cole | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Terri Cole

Thanksgiving and the upcoming holiday is a perfect time to remember what this season is really all about. An intriguing recent study showed that states with higher volunteer rates have overall better health and lower rates of heart disease.

The Benefits Of Generosity: What You Can Gain From Giving

Lisa Firestone | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

Generosity is no longer the selfless act we've long thought it to be. Studies now suggest that one of the biggest benefactors of generosity is the person who is dishing it out.

Faith And Political Rhetoric

Michael Jinkins | Posted 01.05.2013 | Religion
Michael Jinkins

This political season, we've heard politicians argue that if persons do not have the means to afford health insurance society should, essentially, let them die. This unyielding position is correlated with the rise of politicians who refuse to work together.

The Creepy, Dangerous Ideology Behind The Cult of Disruption

NSFW Corp | Paul Carr | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business

Uber founder Travis Kalanick Kalanick is a proud adherent to the Cult of Disruption: the faddish Silicon Valley concept which essentially boils down t...

Lessons In Slowing Down: Can We Really Waste Time?

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

When did it become acceptable in America to treat helping strangers as "wasted time"? Everyone in the world agrees -- they should, anyway -- that time is our most precious commodity. But peoples' definitions of "wasted" are another great cultural divider.