Two new books argue that global philanthropy can get a lot better at helping the poor.
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Articles: How to Make Giving Feel GoodBy Elizabeth W. Dunn, Michael I. Norton | June 18, 2013
Studies show giving makes people happy, and happiness makes people give--but not always. Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton offer three ways to help people feel good about giving.
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
Videos and Podcasts: What Determines Happiness?By Sonja Lyubomirsky | July 15, 2010
Sonja Lyubomirsky sheds light on how much of our happiness is determined by our genes, and how much is within our power to control.
Articles: Book Review: GivingBy Leif Hass | March 1, 2008
Giving: How each of us can change the world
By Bill Clinton
Knopf, 2007, 256 pages
Psychologist Arthur Ciaramicoli argues that empathic listening may be the key to reducing stress in our lives.
We remember acts of self-sacrifice, compassion, heroism, and forgiveness from the past year.
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