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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.

What's Worse Than a Coworker Who Undermines You?

Adam Grant | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

When we're being undermined by one person, we recognize the importance of seeking support from someone else. But it may be even more critical to invest in those supportive relationships when dealing with someone who's guilty of both undermining and supporting us.

Helicopter Managers: The Helping Hand Strikes Again

Adam Grant | Posted 06.23.2013 | Business
Adam Grant

In the workplace, many people become helicopter managers, hovering over their employees in a well-intentioned but ill-fated attempt to provide support.

See Good. Share Good. Do Good. Let's Go #GoodSpotting

Emily Yu | Posted 12.27.2012 | DC
Emily Yu

During the holiday season, it's easy to get carried away with the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, and shopping for gifts. We believe that it is important that we pause during this time to notice the good that is happening all around us.

The Cure For A Compulsive Helper

Posted 11.12.2012 | OWN

By Diana Spechler One woman's 30-day mission to cure her awkward affliction: the unbridled impulse to offer unsolicited aid. At the drugstor...

The Surprising Thing Children Enjoy

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Little kids like to help out. An easy way to engage a toddler in play is to start to work on something and make it look like you need help. Often, they will come over immediately and work to help you with whatever you are doing.

Why Living Together Is Different In Your 50s

Nancy Alvarez | Posted 10.21.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Alvarez

When my partner first moved up to live with me, we were both so excited about feeling what we did for one another, we didn't think too much about the practical issues of living together. Neither of us had lived with anyone for a long time; I, for one, had forgotten all the issues that arise when you inhabit space with someone else.

On Friendship

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 10.14.2012 | Fifty
Ruth Neubauer

Friendship continues to take so many forms that I cannot describe it in general. What I do know is that "friendship" with both men and women in my life has some essential qualities.

Making a Difference

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

Often we resist the idea of making a difference, because we're convinced it will take a tremendous amount of our time and energy. Or, that we may not have the information or answers others seek.

Help Like a Normal Person

Attiyya Anthony | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact
Attiyya Anthony

We seem to think that if you can't make a large-scale, celebrity-influenced difference, then it doesn't count, but it does. You don't have to have a million dollars to make a million-dollar difference.

The Power Of Asking For Help

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kari Henley

All around us are people who are available to help us in some way. The challenge is being brave enough to ask.

10 Smart Travel Ideas That Do Good

Trazzler.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Trazzler.com

Can travel make us better people? Can it make the world a better place? Is it possible to make a positive contribution to a community just by having t...

We May Be Born With An Urge to Help

The New York Times | Nicholas Wade | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Biologists are forming a better view of humankind than the traditional opinions of it as warlike and selfish....