According to a new study, generous businesses inspire individuals to give, too—thanks to one particular emotion.
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Articles: How Does It Feel to Not Give to Charity?By Adam Hoffman | July 25, 2016
A new study looks at the emotional consequences of choosing to donate money to charity—or not.
Videos and Podcasts: Can Awe Combat Narcissism?By Paul Piff | July 21, 2016
Paul Piff, an assistant professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine, explores his research linking awe to kind, generous behavior.
Videos and Podcasts: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Awe-Inspiring Power of FaithBy Jakada Imani | July 21, 2016
Jakada Imani, director of capacity building initiatives at the Center for Popular Democracy, explores how spirituality helps us find our place in the universe and inspires us to do good.
Articles: What Motivates You to Be Generous?By Sharon Begley | July 14, 2016
Recent research helps illuminate what's going on in our heads when we choose to give or to hold back.
Articles: A Simple Way to Foster Kindness in KidsBy Jenn Director Knudsen | July 11, 2016
According to a new study, we can encourage kids to be generous by reminding them of their past kindnesses.
Articles: Can You Incentivize Generosity?By Jill Suttie | June 23, 2016
According to a new book, most economists don't understand why people behave honestly, fairly, and generously.
According to a new study, "prosocial spending" may be as good for your blood pressure as a healthy diet and exercise.
Articles: The Four Keys to Well-BeingBy Richard J. Davidson | March 21, 2016
Dr. Richard Davidson explains that well-being is a skill that can be practiced and strengthened.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
Articles: Are the Rich Really Less Generous?By Jason Marsh | December 22, 2015
A new study suggests that inequality—not wealth alone—reduces generosity.
Articles: How Our Brains Make Us GenerousBy Summer Allen, Jill Suttie | December 21, 2015
A recent series of ground-breaking neuroscience studies suggest that empathy and altruism are deeply rooted in human nature.
Articles: Does Wealth Reduce Compassion?By BerkeleyWellness, Dacher Keltner | December 17, 2015
Dacher Keltner discusses his lab's research into the effect that wealth has on people's generosity and sense of connectedness.
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.
Articles: How to Put the Giving into ThanksgivingBy Kira M. Newman | November 24, 2015
Gratitude and generosity go hand in hand. Here are three ways to help the generosity flow this Thanksgiving.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
Research-based tips that draw from the GGSC’s new website, Greater Good in Action.
Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
Articles: Can People Change?By Matthieu Ricard | August 25, 2015
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
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Christine Carter explains how to shorten your to-do list and feel more motivated to tackle it, all at once.
A new book examines the common psychological barriers to change—and how to overcome them.
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