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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
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Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
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