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Articles: How to Help Kids Learn to Love GivingBy Jason Marsh | December 14, 2016
Five science-based strategies for the holidays (and the rest of the year).
Articles: Nine Tips to Make Your Giving Feel GoodBy Jenny Santi | December 9, 2015
Jenny Santi explains how to minimize the bad and maximize the good of donating your time and money.
Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
Articles: How Loved Children Become Giving AdultsBy Josh Elmore | August 20, 2015
A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.
Articles: How Stories Change the BrainBy Paul J. Zak | December 17, 2013
Paul Zak's research is uncovering how stories shape our brains, tie strangers together, and move us to be more empathic and generous.
Articles: The Poor Give MoreBy Jason Marsh | August 11, 2010
A new study finds that the rich are less altruistic
Articles: Wonderfully IrrationalBy Pelin Kesebir | August 10, 2010
A review of The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home
Articles: What Seniors Get from Giving BackBy Bernie Wong | July 22, 2010
Research shows how older volunteers can get the most out of their service.
Articles: The Helper’s HighBy James Baraz, Shoshana Alexander | February 1, 2010
Suffering is inevitable. But James Baraz and Shoshana Alexander argue that responding to pain with compassion, care, and generosity is key to a joyful life.
Articles: The Activism CureBy Meredith Maran | June 1, 2009
People who give to others give healthier, happier lives to themselves, argues Meredith Maran.
Articles: The Chauffeur’s DilemmaBy Arlie Hochschild | September 1, 2005
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting left behind. Why don’t more people stick up for fellow citizens facing hard times? Because, argues Arlie Hochschild, empathy is being squeezed from the American way of life.
Articles: Rebuilding Community after KatrinaBy Jason Marsh | September 1, 2005
An Interview with Bowling Alone author Robert Putnam
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
On the road to well-being, says James Baraz, embrace all your diverse feelings.
According to a new book, the key is “emotional agility”: being less rigid and more flexible with our thoughts and feelings.
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