A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
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After the Boston Marathon explosions, we are inundated with horrific images of violence and suffering. Here's how to protect our kids--and ourselves--from vicarious trauma.
Articles: Meditation Makes Us Act with CompassionBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | April 11, 2013
A new study suggests mindfulness meditation can help us overcome the "bystander effect."
The new documentary Bully tells the stories of five bullied kids—and says what we can do to help them.
Articles: Beautiful SoulsBy Jill Suttie | April 9, 2012
A new book about acts of conscience lends insight to The Hunger Games phenomenon.
How fair is it to vilify Penn State's Mike McQueary for not going to the police?
Research Digest Items/Studies: Does Being Drunk, Powerful, and in the Dark Make You Do Good—or Evil?
A study suggests that a single word can compel us to help others.
Articles: What Makes a Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 18, 2011
We all have an inner hero, argues Philip Zimbardo. Here's how to find it.
Videos and Podcasts: What Makes A Hero?By Philip Zimbardo | January 17, 2011
Philip Zimbardo explores what research knows about who becomes a hero—and why they act heroically.
Videos and Podcasts: Altruism, Heroism, and the Psychology of the BystanderBy Jason Marsh | March 12, 2007
Panelists including legendary psychologist Philip Zimbardo and Katrina photographer Ted Jackson discuss the bystander effect, altruism, and the potential for heroism in all of us.
Articles: Bystanders to GenocideBy Jason Marsh | September 1, 2006
An Interview with Philip Gourevitch
Feeling forced to say “thanks” at Thanksgiving dinner? Here are four exercises to help get the gratefulness going.
"I'm sorry" isn't enough—Christine Carter explains what else needs to be said.
"Thank you" doesn't just bring light to people's faces. It also lights up different parts of the brain.
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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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