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Study Shows Generous Behavior Leads to Increased Happiness

Helping others can lead us toward a brighter tomorrow.
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Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not

By Sara Konrath Ph.D. on November 26, 2017 in The Empathy Gap
Why do people give away their hard-earned money to charity? An economist and a psychologist explain.

The Virality Equation

By Sander van der Linden Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in Social Dilemmas
What makes some issues go viral, while others never seem to take off? New research explains why.

Why People Who Have Less Give More

By Utpal Dholakia on November 20, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Every one of us can learn valuable lessons from the generosity and compassion of the poor.

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Santa Must be a Woman

By Michael Ungar Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in Nurturing Resilience
If we look at the science of gift-giving and expectations for who does what over the holidays, then Santa has to be a woman. Men just aren't up for the task.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Provide Pleasure

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 03, 2017 in Life, Refracted
We can give a gift that costs money, time, or energy, to fulfill an expectation, provide delight, underscore our recognition of who a loved one is, or to recognize a bond.

10 Evolutionary Psychological Concepts That People Don’t Get

Evolutionary psychology is a powerful framework for understanding human behavior. Unfortunately, the field is woefully misrepresented. Here's how.

How Practicing Humility Can Help Your Love Life

In terms of dating and relationships, there is a lid that fits every pot and it is easier to find the lid for your pot if you’re not blowing off every lid with steam and arrogance.

The Practice of Mindfulness

Be mindful of this life you are living. It is going to happen, day by day, until it expires, regardless of how you approach it. Might as well enjoy the ride.

16 Easy Random Acts of Kindness to Practice Today

By Meg Selig on November 12, 2017 in Changepower
Once you start practicing random acts of kindness, you will notice a multitude of opportunities to help others. Soon you may notice that you've developed "the kindness habit."

Bekindr Kindness Study Shows We Put Ourselves Last in Line

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on November 11, 2017 in On Vitality
This general kindness quiz that was completed by more than 1,300 people. I would like to share with you the highlights of this study, along with a few surprises.

Confronting the Extreme Vitriol and Hate in Society

People are so much more complicated than we'd like to acknowledge and not all good or all bad. The wisdom of the famous two wolves parable has quality research to support it.
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And the Lady from Philadelphia Said...

By E E Smith on October 29, 2017 in Not Born Yesterday
The only thing I know about someone called the “Lady from Philadelphia” is that she was a character in a novel, possibly by Charles Dickens.

Collective Intelligence in the Holocene: 7

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on October 13, 2017 in In One Lifespan
Notwithstanding the uniqueness of human beings, a focus on the broadest timescale of analysis reminds us that evolution unites Homo sapiens with all other living systems.

Thoughts on Action Versus Reflection

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in How To Do Life
My answer to a relative's question.

Trust: The Key to Social Harmony

By Joe Navarro M.A. on October 05, 2017 in Spycatcher
At the foundation of all great relationships whether at home or at work lies trust.

Consciousness Hack 3: Kindness

By Dana Klisanin Ph.D. on October 02, 2017 in Digital Altruism
Looking for an easy way to increases happiness and energy levels? An act of kindness can go a long way.

How Group Therapy Can Empty Your Basket of Troubles

Unsatisfied with individual therapy? Here's how a group can help.

Truth Is Not the Only Truth

By Theodore Dalrymple M.D. on September 12, 2017 in Psychiatric Disorder
Is it necessary always to tell the truth? Shakespeare denied it and he was right.

Becoming a Patient

By Michael F. Myers M.D. on September 11, 2017 in Physician, Heal Thyself
Ever wonder why physicians delay going for help for themselves? Here are some answers.

3 Tips to Donate Effectively After a Natural Disaster

By Utpal Dholakia on September 10, 2017 in The Science Behind Behavior
Giving cash, staggering donations, and vetting the charities you give to will ensure your donation has a greater impact.

52 Ways: A Story of Showing Love Through Food

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on September 10, 2017 in Life, Refracted
Feeding others shows love by providing for, nourishing, seducing, or delighting.
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Handing One Another Along

By Erik M. Gregory Ph.D. on September 04, 2017 in The Secular Shepherd
The use of collective power for those in need

10 Ways to Improve Your Days

By Atalanta Beaumont on September 02, 2017 in Handy Hints for Humans
Ten Handy Hints for Improving your Life

Evolutionary Logic

Some people are confused on the basic reasoning of evolutionary psychology. Once you understand “evolutionary logic,” it all falls into place.
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Are You Self-Sacrificing?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on August 23, 2017 in I'm Only Human
Self-sacrifice doesn’t always involve sacrificing your own individual self. We also self-sacrifice when we give up what matters the most to us—which might not be our own self.

Tribalism and a Way to Common Ground

If you are tired of the on- and offline vitriol inhabiting our daily lives today, consider this: we have a lot more in common than you might think.

Three Ways Money Buys Happiness

By Mark Holder, Ph.D. on August 17, 2017 in The Happiness Doctor
Money really can buy happiness, if you spend it right. Research has identified three ways that spending your income can lead to greater happiness.

Superhero Therapy: A Book to Help Your Inner Hero

In her book Superhero Therapy, Janina Scarlet shows that a fear or weakness does not make a hero any less heroic, and that we all can be heroes both for ourselves and for others.

Holding the "Both-And" in Times of Stress

Compassion, wisdom, and curiosity may just be able to help us avoid the well trodden path to polarization, them vs us, and the limits of right and wrong. We are more than all that!

Seven Studies Show That Virtue Truly Is Its Own Reward

By Meg Selig on August 09, 2017 in Changepower
Is virtue really its own reward? These seven studies suggest that good actions actually do bring a surprising wealth of benefits to those who help others.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving

Providing care to a loved one who is dependent, fragile, or in need shows love in a basic way. Those who give with generosity and reliability rewards themselves as well as others.

How To Avoid Regret When You Open Your Heart

Want to protect yourself from regretting opening your heart and being charitable? This article can help you avoid making bad decisions about your generosity.

Small Acts of Generous Behavior Can Make Your Brain Happier

New research shows that very small amounts of generosity can affect you on a neurobiological level.