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.
From The Editors
Wired to be Inspired (06)By Jonathan Haidt | Spring/Summer 2005
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.
Inspiring Good Work (09)By Howard Gardner, Wendy Fischman | Spring/Summer 2005
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?
Nobel Pursuits (10)By Jes Ward | Spring/Summer 2005
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.
To teach compassion and parenting skills to children, this Canadian program relies on some small instructors.
Justice For All (13)By Kathleen Kenna | Spring/Summer 2005
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.
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
Hyperion, 2005, 631 pages
by Kristen Renwick Monroe
Princeton University Press, 2004, 392 pages
by James Comer
Yale University Press, 2004, 352 pages
Ideas for the Greater Good
Emma Seppala explains how compassionate workplaces are good for employee health and the corporate bottom line.
A new report finds that fitting work with family isn't just a women's issue. Jeremy Adam Smith offers 10 tips for helping fathers to navigate a changing landscape at home and on the job.
A new study shows how seeking happiness at the right time may be more important than seeking happiness all the time.
New research suggests that cutting back on life’s pleasures helps us enjoy them significantly more.
A new documentary reveals the power of mindfulness and neuroplasticity. Bay Area residents can catch a screening tonight at Stanford University.
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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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