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Goodness

Grace and Goodness

J. Kate Franklin | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
J. Kate Franklin

I'm happy for you, your fancy car, your big house, your status handbag, your Rolex, whatever, but I worry about your heart. And I worry about mine too. We're all so busy, consumed by the frenzy of our lives that I worry about our ability to reboot, replenish, connect and really care.

Linda: Miami, Florida, July, 2014

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

I pull up to the guard gate of the nursing home to visit my Mom, who is there recovering from three broken ribs incurred in a fall. I hand my drive...

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

A Yogi Embraces Pope Francis

Sister Jenna | Posted 05.08.2014 | Religion
Sister Jenna

As I approach my upcoming birthday, I am drawn to remember Pope Francis. There are moments that touch our lives and I remember where I was on March...

Hope Isn't Optimism

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

The Russian occupation of Crimea brings back memories of how the Soviets infiltrated and took over my homeland when I was growing up next door to Ukraine. I've been pondering whether it was optimism or hope that kept me alive.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 04.21.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

Meditation, prayer, church services, fellowship and even the admission of wrongdoing -- confession -- all help train an individual's ego into seeking something more important than individual satisfaction. It takes practice, practice, practice -- both to know what's right and then to actually do it.

My Personal Interpretation of the Lord's Prayer

William Stillman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
William Stillman

There's a trail through a wooded area near my house where I like to take long walks. It is here that I recite the Lord's Prayer. However, I've recently put emphasis on not just reciting but interpreting -- what is the true intention of each verse as it pertains to me.

Being Kind is Underrated

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.25.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

The other day I was speaking with a friend who was depressed because of a perceived lack of virtues. According to her, she was less intelligent, less ...

Cebu City, My Lost Wallet and the Kindness of Humanity

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

Humanity is us and when we give up on the kindness of people, in many ways we give up on ourselves and worse, we gradually allow ourselves to do the very things that we so loathed at the start.

Exchange Religion for Faith

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

We can't own the truth. No particular tribe has a patent on it. It hovers somewhere out there in the middle, between all the oppositions that bedevil our societies right now.

Heartwarming Stories Of Human Goodness You Need To See

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.02.2013 | Religion

Sometimes life can get you down, but there's so much human goodness out there if you take a quick look around. From the smallest smile to the most lav...

You Are Worthy of Love

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 12.16.2013 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

We can give in to society's pleas, urging us to become despondent because we will never be good enough to succeed in love, work, or family. Or we can listen to our own basic goodness, allowing that intuitive voice to guide us toward awakening to our full potential.

Penélope: New York City, August 2005

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

In line with my items, I feel good energy from behind the register. This bright-eyed young woman is the source. While making change for the person in front of me, she breaks into song.

Why Are Humans So Cruel?

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.07.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Recent science is shedding light on this question, and the main culprit at work seems to be envy. The more we envy someone, the more pleasure we derive when that person meets some horrid end.

The Power of Dependence

Richard Koch | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Richard Koch

"Christianity describes the capacity to accept dependence as a mark of moral and spiritual health." What Alain de Botton says is true -- but is depen...

Wonder Alert: August 2004

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Over 300 billion known breaths were taken and there were an estimated several trillion heartbeats. Be on the look out and report all acts of wonder to everybody.

Good Human Beings and the Right Temporoparietal Junction

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 07.18.2013 | TED Weekends
Cindy Wigglesworth

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat sets a truly noble person apart? What makes a Gandhi, Dalai Lama, or Mother Teresa different? There is a decision made by these people to hold themselves to a higher standard. They make a decision to live up to noble values -- to live from their highest nature. In what part of the brain does this ability reside?

Carresse Warren: New York City, April 23, 2010

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 07.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

We smile and shake hands. "Keep me posted!" I say. "I will for sure!" And we each go our way beneath the sunny sky, in the afternoon warmth.

Detecting Humanists: New Mysteries by Anne Perry and Walter Mosley

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 06.29.2013 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

Do I look for humanist detectives to buttress my own belief in the inherent goodness of human beings -- that by using our hearts and our minds, we can save the world?

Manifesto On Basic Goodness

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

We want to live in a world of peace and goodness. We want a world where the highest values are tolerance, generosity, creativity, kindness and fearlessness rather than self-absorption, aggression and speed.

Pray For Strength To Choose

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I've always believed that when you pray for God's will, you are praying simply for the strength and wisdom to choose what God would want you to choose. In other words, you aren't praying for God to intervene in this world. You're praying to enable yourself to do what God would have you do.

Know You're a Good Person

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

For many of us, perhaps the hardest thing of all is to believe that "I am a good person." We can climb mountains, work hard, acquire many skills, act ethically, but truly feel that one is good deep down? Nah!

Newtown: A Crisis of Faith

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 02.20.2013 | Religion
Eliezer Sobel

But my question remains: is it ever even possible to feel and experience a sense of utter and absolute safety in this life in the very same breath that we inhale the daily news?

Compassion for Them All

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

My response to this event is what it's always been when faced with evil: to want to embrace what's good. It's the way I've dealt with evil all my life.

The Rich Are Different

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 01.20.2013 | Money
Peter A. Georgescu

Hemingway was right: the rich are like all the rest, except they have more money.