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Tag: Prosocial Behavior
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Articles: The Benefits of Feeling AweBy Jeremy Adam Smith | May 30, 2016
We talk with a researcher and a veteran at UC Berkeley to try to understand the impact of awe on well-being.
Articles: Where Does Kindness Come From?By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | May 5, 2016
A new study fuses methods from several different branches of science to reveal the forces that shape kindness.
Research sometimes suggests that movies and other media are a negative influence to rein in. But new studies highlight their potential to spread goodness on a wide scale.
Articles: When Taking Risks is Good for TeensBy Jill Suttie | April 26, 2016
Giving to others can give teens a dopamine rush, too—and help prevent depression.
Articles: Bromances Can Protect Males Under StressBy Robert Sanders | March 10, 2016
According to a new study, male rats like to cuddle after they get stressed out.
We are spending more time indoors and online. But recent studies suggest that nature can help our brains and bodies to stay healthy.
New research is finding that being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful.
Articles: What Happens to Kids When Parents FightBy Diana Divecha | January 26, 2016
Conflict between parents is inevitable—but it doesn’t have to hurt kids. Here’s how to turn a disagreement into a positive lesson.
Articles: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You KinderBy Jill Suttie | January 25, 2016
New research suggests that people who have experienced greater adversity are more empathic.
According to a new study, we can predict whether teens will get into trouble by how nice they are to strangers.
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: Kind Kids Lead to Healthier CommunitiesBy Emily Campbell | December 16, 2015
A new study suggests that cultivating “pro-social” skills in schools might benefit public health and safety.
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.
Articles: Three Reasons to Raise Grateful KidsBy Shuka Kalantari | November 19, 2015
Here's what Shuka Kalantari learned from researching the science of gratitude while raising a toddler.
New data from our Science of Happiness course confirm the link between well-being and relationship quality.
A new study finds that the key to raising moral kids lies with the parents' sense of empathy and injustice.
A new study finds that visible inequality makes wealthy people less likely to cooperate with others—which might lead to even greater disparities.
Articles: How Awe Makes Us GenerousBy Adam Hoffman | August 3, 2015
A new study finds that feeling small in nature makes us more generous to other humans.
A new study teases out the different benefits of four kinds of meditation.
Self-criticism and low self-worth can hold us back. Here’s how to start banishing those negative beliefs.
These research-based practices can help kids (and adults) foster authentic happiness.
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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”...
- Jeffrey J. Froh’s Laboratory for Gratitude in Youth
Learn more about one of the leading researchers of gratitude.
- Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude
The GGSC’s new project which aims to expand the scientific database of gratitude and promote practices of gratitude in...
- The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness
The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness, co-directed by Robert A. Emmons and Michael E. McCullough, is a...
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