Lisa Bennett is a Bay Area writer focused on solutions to climate change. She is the coauthor of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence. Follow her on Twitter @LisaPBennett
Stories by Lisa Bennett
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Optimism for Me, Pessimism for WeBy Lisa Bennett | April 22, 2014
New research explains why we tend to think we're all doomed, even as we hope for a better personal future. Can we close that gap between private optimism and public pessimism?
Articles: Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?By Lisa Bennett | April 17, 2014
What would make you more likely to reduce your carbon footprint: Knowing that climate change is a threat to people—or to birds? New research has some surprising implications.
Articles: Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”By Daniel Goleman, Zenobia Barlow, Lisa Bennett | April 18, 2013
Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow explain how we can teach kids to care deeply about the environment.
Articles: The Hot SpotBy Lisa Bennett | September 1, 2008
Climate scientists wonder why people don’t do more about global warming. Social scientists have some troubling answers.
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.
Here are some worthy books from the past year that we were unable to review.
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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.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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