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A flag flies at half-staff outside the funeral home where a private viewing for Whitney Houston was held Friday in Newark.

Flag Tribute to Whitney Houston: Too Little, Too Late?

By Jason Marsh | February 21, 2012

In the controversy around an honor for Whitney Houston, Jason Marsh finds lessons about the nature of heroism and compassion.

 
  

Past Stories

The Beloved Movement

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 14, 2012

A new movement of wedding photographers applies psychological insights to foster healthy relationships.

 

How to Stay Together When Everything is Coming Apart

By Jeremy Adam Smith | February 25, 2009
 

Are We Post-Racial Yet?

By Susan T. Fiske | December 1, 2008
 

The Compassionate Animal

By Marc Bekoff | September 1, 2008
 

Magic for Muggles

By J.K. Rowling | June 1, 2008
 
The Semai people of Malaysia have a long history of nonviolent conflict resolution.

Worlds Without War

By Douglas P. Fry | March 1, 2008

An Idea For The Greater Good

 

The Virtue of Sadness

By Allan V. Horwitz, Jerome C. Wakefield | December 1, 2007
 

The Paradox of Humility

By Everett L. Worthington Jr. | September 1, 2007
 

Invitation to the Dance

By Barbara Ehrenreich | June 1, 2007
 

What is Social Intelligence?

By Daniel Goleman | September 1, 2006
 

The Ethics of Responsibility

By Jonathan Sacks | March 1, 2006

Everyday virtue and the meaning of life

 

Schools without Beauty

By Jonathan Kozol | September 1, 2005

What message are we sending kids when their classrooms are an “insult to aesthetics”?

 

A Different View

By Alfie Kohn | March 1, 2005

How we can help children see the world from another perspective.

 

Any Volunteers?

By Amitai Etzioni | September 1, 2004

Why Americans need more chances to serve their country—and each other.

 

Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil

By James A. Donahue | March 1, 2004
 

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  • What if Schools Taught Kindness?

    February 1, 2016

    Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a "kindness curriculum" for young students.

  • The Subversive Power of the Kiss

    February 11, 2016

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, a wave of studies suggests that the rise of romantic kissing is linked to the changing roles of women.

  • How to Cultivate Humble Leadership

    February 9, 2016

    One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations – and then listening to students and staff.

  

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