Fall 2004 (Volume I, Issue 2)
Why to Forgive
This issue of Greater Good features a series of essays about forgiveness. Leading scientists present ground-breaking evidence of how forgiving can improve personal health and strengthen social bonds, Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses the moral and political reasons for forgiving, and people from different walks of life share their stories of forgiveness. The issue also includes an interview with former United States Labor Secretary Robert Reich on the relationship between social justice and social empathy.
Everett L. Worthington, Jr. has dedicated his career to the study of forgiveness. He has found that it carries tremendous health and social benefits—and he's taken his research to heart.
Forgiveness is not just personally rewarding. It's also a political necessity, says Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He explains how forgiveness allowed South Africans to imagine a new beginning-one based on honesty, peace, and compassion.
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.
There's more than one way to say "I'm sorry," according to apology expert Aaron Lazare. Some apologies encourage forgiveness and reconciliation; others only make things worse. Here's how to tell the difference.
To help teachers deal with the stress of their job, new programs are drawing on some unconventional—and research-tested—techniques.
Thanks to one program, students have found that resolving their differences can be all fun and games.
Tools for the Greater Good
by Jerome Groopman
Random House, 2004, 248 pages
by Wendy Fischman, Becca Solomon, DeborahGreenspan, and Howard Gardner
Harvard University Press, 2004, 208 pages
Ideas for the Greater Good
Most of the time, gratitude is good. But research finds that there are situations when "thank you" may be the wrong response.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Job satisfaction is at record lows. What does it take to overcome the fear of change, especially in tough economic times?
These two books give us insights into how brain science can help us understand our nature, improve our lives, and help us empathize with those who may have memory lapses.
A new study finds that training in compassion makes us more altruistic—and explores the neuroscience behind why.
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Greater Good Resources
- "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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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