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.
From The Editors
The Cost of Apathy (05)By | September 1, 2004
An interview with Robert Reich.
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.
Life Science (07)By | September 1, 2004
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.
Making Change (10)By | 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.
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.
Green Peace (17)By | September 1, 2004
What could help do the work of medication, meditation, and community police officers? The answer’s in your backyard.
Tools for the Greater Good
by Jerome Groopman
Random House, 2004, 248 pages
by Bonnie Benard
WestEd, 2004, 148 pages
by Wendy Fischman, Becca Solomon, DeborahGreenspan, and Howard Gardner
Harvard University Press, 2004, 208 pages
Edited by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough
Oxford University Press, 2004, 368 pages
Ideas for the Greater Good
Any Volunteers? (22)By | September 1, 2004
Why Americans need more chances to serve their country—and each other.
Does total integrity mean always acting on our feelings? No, says Christine Carter—but we do need to acknowledge our feelings, and not confuse a false self with a real one.
New research reveals how our media choices reflect and shape our mood and behavior.
According to a new study, we’re less likely to forgive leaders and managers—even when they apologize.
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