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Tag: Prosocial Behavior
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Articles: Compassionate Mind, Healthy BodyBy Emma Seppala | July 24, 2013
Compassion research is at a tipping point: Overwhelming evidence suggests compassion is good for our health and good for the world.
Articles: Can Patriotism Be Compassionate?By Jeremy Adam Smith | July 2, 2013
Feeling ambivalent about the Fourth of July? New psychological research points to how we can feel authentic pride for our country—and still be citizens of the world.
Articles: Can You Run Out of Empathy?By C. Daryl Cameron | May 20, 2013
An essay in this week’s New Yorker argues that we don't have enough empathy to go around. But new research says we can keep renewing and expanding our feeling for others.
Articles: Training Kids for KindnessBy Brooke Dodson-Lavelle | March 5, 2013
Brooke Dodson-Lavelle explains how a trailblazing compassion training program expands children's natural capacity for empathy and kindness—even toward so-called "bullies."
Many of us assume that we only have so much compassion to spare. But research says we can build our capacity to alleviate suffering.
The most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings published this past year.
What Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video reveals about the links between inequality, compassion, and happiness.
Back-to-school tips: Research-based steps teachers can take to prime their students for kindness.
Articles: Being Kind Makes Kids HappyBy Delia Fuhrmann | August 1, 2012
A new study is the first to show that kids get a happiness boost from sacrificing for others, suggesting our strong inclinations for altruism.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Tough Guys Sacrifice More
Articles: What Motivates Kids to Help Others?By Stacey Kennelly | June 19, 2012
A new study suggests even toddlers are motivated by compassion rather than the desire to get credit for good deeds.
Research Digest Items/Studies: The Selfless Chimp
Articles: Pro-Social PrimatesBy Jason Marsh | March 28, 2012
Yale psychologist Laurie Santos explains why we should get inside monkeys' minds.
Research Digest Items/Studies: Why We Help Strangers
A new study shows how the Cultivating Emotional Balance program can help teachers (and the rest of us) reduce stress and cultivate compassion.
Articles: Does SEL Make the Grade?By Jill Suttie | September 20, 2011
Fueled by new research, the social-emotional learning movement is building momentum. Is it enough to make American schools change their course?
Articles: Feeling Connected Makes Us KindBy Nadine Lueras-Tramma | September 15, 2011
A recent study suggests that our social connections inspire altruism.
Articles: Debunking the Myth of Human SelfishnessBy Pelin Kesebir | September 13, 2011
Two new books explore the far-reaching science of cooperation.
A recent study suggests how teachers can promote kindness in the classroom, not competition.
What does it take to foster compassion in men? To find out, Kozo Hattori interviewed scientific and spiritual experts.
A new study compares the effects of sitting meditation, body scan, and mindful yoga on health and well-being.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
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”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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