Spring 2004 (Volume I, Issue 1)
Compassion in Action
The inaugural (Spring 2004) issue of Greater Good features a symposium on the subject of compassion. Contributors, ranging from psychology researchers to grade school teachers, present some of the latest research on compassionate people, marriages, and classrooms, and provide inspiring stories of compassion in action. The issue also includes an interview with former Illinois Governor George Ryan about how (and whether) compassion affects politicians’ attitudes toward the death penalty.
A Change of Heart (05)By | March 1, 2004
An interview with former Illinois Governor George Ryan
by Jason Marsh
Think humans are born selfish? Think again. Dacher Keltner reveals the compassionate side to human nature.
For three decades Charles Garfield has trained volunteers to care compassionately for strangers. He shares what he’s learned about the extraordinary deeds of ordinary people.
My Doctor, Myself (08)By | March 1, 2004
Comforting Words (09)By | March 1, 2004
A Curriculum of Care (10)By | March 1, 2004
Students achieve more once they’ve learned to care for themselves and others, says Marilyn Watson. She’s done the research to prove this—and witnessed the positive results.
What I Learned (11)By | March 1, 2004
Testing the CDP (12)By | March 1, 2004
Marriage researchers Benjamin R. Karney and Lisa A. Neff have found that compassionate spouses have longer, more supportive marriages. But to be a compassionate spouse, you need more than love.
What makes some people display altruism and compassion in the midst of war? Two researchers are trying to find out.
It’s a Family Thing (15)By | March 1, 2004
La Bodega de la Familia delivers a different kind of justice
City at Peace’s teenage cast members write and star in their own original musical. But it’s never just about the show.
by Daniel Goleman
Bantam Books, 2003, 432 pages
by Samuel P. Oliner
Westview Press, 2003, 288 pages
Edited by Corey L. M. Keyes and Jonathan Haidt
American Psychological Association, 2003, 355 pages
Edited by Tricia S. Jones and Randy Compton
Jossey-Bass, 2003, 360 pages
by Nel Noddings
Cambridge University Press, 2003, 308 pages
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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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