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What Is Our First Impulse: Generosity Or Selfishness?

| Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living

By Sophie Bushwick (Click here for the original article and podcast) Are human beings inherently generous or selfish? A new study finds that when ...

Hold Wants Lightly

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

The art is to pursue wholesome desires with enthusiasm, discipline, and skill without getting all hot and bothered about them, and to enjoy life's pleasures without getting attached to them.

Forgetting God, Afghanistan, and Generosity

Wayne Muller | Posted 11.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Wayne Muller

This is the story omitted in Tampa, in Charlotte. However far we stray from any perfect union, there is something true that must be counted. Our generosity, however inadequate, is the best of who we are.

The Flesh Is Weak: Churchgoers Give Far Less Than They Think

David Briggs | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

The people most likely to misreport high levels of giving were those who said faith was very important to them and those who attend services more than weekly.

Are Conservatives Really More Charitable? Or Just More Religious?

James Peron | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
James Peron

Since donations to religious groups, even uncharitable ones, count as "charitable giving," then it is no surprise that religious people give more to charity. Simply put, the study shows that non-religious people don't donate to religion.

The Science of Compassion

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 10.03.2012 | Healthy Living
James R. Doty, M.D.

It is imperative that each of us try to garner insight into our prejudices. Awareness is the first step toward more compassionate decisions.

What's in It for Me?

Irene Tanner | Posted 09.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Irene Tanner

Altruism is a lofty aspiration. The do-gooders of the world are widely revered for their pureness of heart, selflessness and generosity. Could it be that they have an ulterior motive? Even if their reward is simply to feel good about themselves?

Legacy in Mind: Why We Bother to Save the Planet

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.19.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Global warming is an undisputed scientific fact now, and there is little doubt that this ominous trend is related to human activity, including the burning of fossil fuels. I completely accept the science of climate warming, yet I don't always do the right thing by my heirs. Why is that?

We Take Care of Our Own

Brad Rothschild | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Brad Rothschild

Last week I had the privilege of witnessing generosity on a scale that truly astounded me.

A Different Kind Of Discipline

Tsoknyi Rinpoche | Posted 07.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

This is the profound meaning of discipline: maintaining love, maintaining the hope that every living being will awaken, even in the most difficult or challenging conditions. It's a softening of the heart, a letting go of confusion, of anger, bitterness, and despair.

Practicing Perfection

Tsoknyi Rinpoche | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Let's challenge ourselves to kick our practice to higher level by practicing generosity in our lives. How often and how far can we go out of our way each day? How does practicing generosity affect our own sense of well-being?

What Does Karma Yoga Mean?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Serving enables us to step beyond our own desires and to release any sense of separation. It takes us out of selfishness and neediness, and in the process we see our own self-centeredness in greater perspective.

Generosity or Greed -- It's a Matter of Choice

Judith Johnson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

When we look outward instead of inward, it is easy to become disconnected from a deep sense of the relevance of our being and our connection to one another.

How Many Ways Can We Be Generous In A Single Day?

Sasha Dichter | Posted 05.01.2012 | Good News
Sasha Dichter

That was the question we posed to the world as part of an effort to re-boot Valentine's Day as Generosity Day. The premise was simple: Could we transform a day that's been weighted down by overpriced flowers and boxes of candy into one known for active, purposeful generosity to all?

Making Meaning In Tough Times

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Jewish law in fact, commands that no matter how poor you are, you are commanded to give.

Homeless Mom Gets Car From Anonymous Donor

Carey Fuller | Posted 04.17.2012 | Impact
Carey Fuller

For the past few days I've been in a state of shock. Someone decided to give a homeless mother a surprise gift. Only in a fantasy would someone give a...

The Ways of Love

Mitchell J. Rabin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Mitchell J. Rabin

Let's give love its proper place, and I daresay that we would have a different, much happier, more balanced and harmonious, just world if we were all more in touch with the archetypal energy behind these forms of love.

Reclaim Valentine's Day: Celebrate Generosity Day 2012

Posted 02.13.2012 | Good News

Barely three days before Valentine's Day last year, Sasha Dichter, Chief Innovation Officer for Acumen Fund, decided to convert his month-long "Genero...

The Economics Of Generosity: A Homeless Man's Advice To Restaurateurs

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Restaurants often chase the homeless away, instead of inviting them to the backdoor for a warm meal. Let someone else give them a hand, I have heard said too many times.

A Conscious Shift For 2012

Denise M. Wilbanks | Posted 03.15.2012 | Home
Denise M. Wilbanks

In this 2012, a year of significant changes, I urge you to look closely at your thoughts, choices and reactions to life unfolding. Watch and listen as in slow motion, for the events calling you out to side-step from your ego and become all you were meant to be.

Loving and Letting Go

Roger Housden | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Roger Housden

The greatest gift of love is the gesture of open arms -- let come what comes -- not because you don't care, or because you hope to steel yourself against pain, but because you care so much that you are helpless to do anything else.

The Christmas Spirit?

Steve Heilig | Posted 02.21.2012 | San Francisco
Steve Heilig

Last cold Christmas morning I took a traditional dogwalk through S.F.'s fabled Haight-Ashbury. It was pretty much empty of people on the streets. But left behind were a fair number of unfortunate souls lying in doorways.

Five Spiritual Practices For Aging Well

Lewis Richmond | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

When I ask audiences what they like about being older, people often answer "Gratitude," and then say what they are grateful for: grandchildren, good health, free time, wearing what they want, the chance to travel, giving back to the community.

The Power of Generosity and Anonymous Giving

Judith Orloff MD | Posted 02.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith Orloff MD

Generosity accelerates the free flow of everything positive in your life. The secret is to be generous, whatever your net worth.

What Do Couples Think Is Key To A 'Very Happy' Marriage?

Posted 12.16.2011 | Weddings

One of the most important factors for maintaining a happy marriage is generosity between spouses, according to new research from the National Marriage...