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Studies show that the wealthy are less empathetic than the poor, whether they're driving a car or serving in Congress.
The United States may soon drop from their position in the top 10.
Thankful people tend to be healthier.
Awe could lead to great health and happiness.
Greater Good Science Center's Dacher Keltner and Emiliana Simon-Thomas will be teaching the Science of Happiness course in the UAE.
The findings suggest that teachers need more support in understanding the struggles of other communities, said Linda K. Smith, deputy assistant secretary for early childhood development.
The Surprising and Sobering Science of How We Gain and Lose Influence
A select group of 60 chief executive officers from various public departments attended a five-day happiness training programme held recently. The five-month long training, which is being conducted in collaboration with the Greater Good Science Centre - University of California, Berkely, will run until January next year.
Dacher Keltner challenges the notion that powerful people are all Machiavellian sociopaths.
Voice of America reports on how school violence affects our kids. And what schools are doing about it
Dr. Keltner is a renowned expert in the biological and evolutionary origins of human emotions and he studies awe, compassion, beauty and love.
If you take a quick inventory of all the wealthy people and CEOs who’ve made news by being complete, heartless jerks, you’re left with a pretty simple question: who put them in charge? One narrative: Ruthless people win, so it’s the jerks who float to the top. The counter-narrative: power makes us act bad. Most explanations land on some marriage of the narratives, but our next guest has a radically different approach: it’s things like kindness and compassion that make us powerful in our society – but that power makes us the opposite of kind and compassionate.
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Boost your resilience at work by practicing mindfulness.
Nearly everyone afforded power misunderstands or forgets the behaviors that fueled their rise.
Learn what mindfulness is really about and what it can do for you.
In the past, violence was the quickest route to establishing dominance. But today, people gain influence by advancing the welfare of others, according to Dacher Keltner. The more power people derive from helping others, however, the more likely they are to prioritize selfishness over altruism -- leading to what Keltner calls a ‘power paradox.’ Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
In order to be a better leader, listen to others.
"People who tell more coherent stories about their lives, with clear plot lines, characters, and themes, find greater purpose later in life."
Dacher Keltner claims that a person’s ability to empathize is what helps him or her reach a position of authority.
Should we push meditation in schools?
A new theory suggests being nice can gain us influence, but at a cost.
Negative thoughts and emotions could cause health problems.
How to be happier at work.
'The Power Paradox' illuminates ways women can hone their innate advantages—and avoid the pitfalls—on all the playing fields.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
You can turn election stress into courage and compassion, says Kelly McGonigal. Here's how.
Is your teen sleep-deprived? Stop arguing and start listening, says Christine Carter.
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- "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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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