What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
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Articles: Markets and Moral LimitsBy Ann Shulman | September 24, 2012
A new book argues that markets have a place—but it's not in hospitals, daycare centers, schools, or families.
Articles: The Cooperative InstinctBy Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | September 21, 2012
A new study finds that our first, quickest impulse is to cooperate, not compete.
Articles: Can We Find Morality in a Molecule?By Jill Suttie | July 10, 2012
A new book argues that the success of an economic system may lie with the hormone oxytocin.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Tough Guys Sacrifice More
Articles: Selling CompassionBy Jill Suttie | May 31, 2012
A new books explores what happens when corporations turn compassion into a commodity.
Articles: Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?By Carmen Sobczak | July 26, 2011
A new study suggests Americans' happiness declines when there’s a wider gap between rich and poor.
A recent survey looks at the link between money and happiness during hard times.
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: The Economics of HappinessBy John Robbins | July 20, 2010
Research is clear: Money doesn’t buy happiness, reports best-selling author John Robbins. So why do we continue to think that it does?
Videos and Podcasts: The Recession and Your KidsBy Jason Marsh | August 10, 2009
The Greater Good Science Center’s Christine Carter discusses how to talk to kids about financial hardship.
Raising Happiness: Finding the Good in a Bad Economy (there’s a video, too)By Christine Carter | August 10, 2009
Articles: Ethics on the CornerBy Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky | March 1, 2006
As illegal immigration runs rampant in the United States, so does abuse of undocumented workers. But, asks Carolyn Pinedo Turnovsky, what ethical rules should apply to employees who are here illegally in the first place?
Articles: Can You Do Good by Eating Well?By Peter Singer, Jim Mason | March 1, 2006
A new movement encourages people to eat food that’s grown close to where they live. The food may be fresher and taste better, but Peter Singer and Jim Mason ask if it’s more ethical to eat locally.
A review of Happiness: Lessons From a New Science by Richard Layard and Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile by Daniel Nettle
Four new studies reveal how having power affects your willingness to walk in your partner's shoes.
We can feel threatened by another person's stress, says Rick Hanson. So how do you stay open, caring, and brave enough to help them?
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This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
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