Fred Luskin, Ph.D., is the director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, a senior consultant in health promotion at Stanford University, and a professor at the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, as well as an affiliate faculty member of the Greater Good Science Center. He is the author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness (HarperSanFrancisco, 2001) and Stress Free for Good: Ten Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness (HarperSanFrancisco, 2005), with Kenneth Pelletier, Ph.D.
Stories by Fred Luskin
The director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects explores how to cope with the pain of a fight with someone we love.
Videos and Podcasts: How to Find the Good in People We LoveBy Fred Luskin | February 8, 2012
When we’re fighting with people we love, it can become hard to see the good in them. The director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects explores how to cope with the pain of a fight.
Videos and Podcasts: The Choice to ForgiveBy Fred Luskin | September 14, 2010
Fred Luskin argues that forgiveness boils down to a simple choice: whether to dwell over past hurts or try to see the good in others.
Videos and Podcasts: Wanting “Yes” and Getting “No”By Fred Luskin | August 23, 2010
Fred Luskin explains that the essence of forgiveness is being resilient when things don’t go your way.
Videos and Podcasts: The Sea of VulnerabilityBy Fred Luskin | August 22, 2010
Fred Luskin argues that part of forgiveness is accepting our own vulnerability.
Videos and Podcasts: Constructive AngerBy Fred Luskin | August 21, 2010
Fred Luskin explains the difference between constructive and destructive anger, and argues that constructive anger carries important benefits while destructive anger prevents us from forgiving.
Articles: What is Forgiveness?By Fred Luskin | August 19, 2010
Forgiveness expert Fred Luskin explains what it takes to give up a grudge.
Videos and Podcasts: The Resolution of GriefBy Fred Luskin | August 15, 2010
Fred Luskin explains why we’ve got to grieve a loss or hurt before we can forgive it.
Videos and Podcasts: Forgiveness Requires GratitudeBy Fred Luskin | August 13, 2010
Fred Luskin explains why cultivating gratitude and compassion helps people to forgive.
Articles: The Choice to ForgiveBy Fred Luskin | September 1, 2004
Forgiveness takes practice, says Fred Luskin, but it's a skill almost anyone can learn. He shares his research-tested method for helping people give up their grudges.
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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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