Spring/Summer 2005 (Volume II, Issue 1)


Is Goodness Contagious?

Can witnessing acts of goodness compel people to act better themselves? It can, according to new research featured in this issue of Greater Good. Scientists discuss how this capacity for moral inspiration might improve our work and personal lives, and they explore the possibility that it is even a biologically based part of our behavior. The issue also features an interview with Jan Egeland, the U.N. official responsible for the emergency aid response to the Indian Ocean tsunami, and articles about how to raise levels of empathy among school children and jail inmates.

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From The Editors

In Brief

Count Your Blessings (02)

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Social Security Benefits (03)

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The Biology of Happiness (04)

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The Morality of Global Giving (05)

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An interview with Jan Egeland, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs



Wired to be Inspired (06)

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Ever feel a thrill when you see someone act with courage or compassion? Psychologist Jonathan Haidt calls that feeling “elevation,” and his studies of it may provide a key to understanding what inspires people to do good.


On Call (07)

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Is Elevation Global? (08)

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Inspiring Good Work (09)

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Steroid abuse. Accounting tricks. Plagiarism. Budding professionals are learning these tricks of their trades from mentors, say researchers Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner. Who will inspire them to practice ethics and excellence on the job?

PeaceJammers with Nobel Laurates Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, and the Dalai Lama.

Nobel Pursuits (10)

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It’s been 10 years since Jes Ward first heard of the PeaceJam program when she was in high school; now she helps run it. In that time she’s seen thousands of youth learn that the only thing more inspiring than the lives of Nobel Peace Prize Winners is the chance to follow in their footsteps.


Stronger and Smarter (11)

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Taking Lessons from a Baby (12)

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To teach compassion and parenting skills to children, this Canadian program relies on some small instructors.

"I learned the injustice caused by violence is tremendous," said Emarco Washington (pictured). "It was, 'Wow! I hurt all these people. I was blinded by my own stupidity.'"

Justice For All (13)

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Rehabilitating inmates in America’s prisons and jails may seem like a lost cause. But one innovative program has helped them empathize with their victims and turn their lives around.


For the Victims of Violence (14)

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Book Reviews

Book Review: Coming to Our Senses (15)

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by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Hyperion, 2005, 631 pages


Book Review: The Hand of Compassion (16)

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by Kristen Renwick Monroe
Princeton University Press, 2004, 392 pages


Book Review: Leave No Child Behind (17)

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by James Comer
Yale University Press, 2004, 352 pages


Book Review: The Compassionate Classroom (18)

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by Jane Dalton and Lyn Fairchild
Zephyr Press, 2004, 166 pages


Ideas for the Greater Good

A Different View (19)

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How we can help children see the world from another perspective.




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