The Molecule behind the Golden Rule 

The Moral Molecule — Aspen Ideas How do we navigate through the sea of strangers that we all live in without having something in our brains that tells us who to be around and who not to be around, who is safe and who’s not safe? You have to imagine this tiny little [...]

Do You Know These 10 Exercises For Boosting Happiness? 

galleryhip These are the top 10 interventions that are not discussed nearly enough – but they should be! I’ll also follow-up with a post about the top 10 most popular strategies for boosting happiness.  Here are 10 exercises that need more attention, and yes, character strengths are direct or indirect aspects of each. 1.) Letter from [...]

Altruism Is Simpler than We Thought, Brain Study Shows

A new computational model of how the brain makes altruistic choices is able to predict when a person will act generously in a scenario involving the sacrifice of money. The work, led by California Institute of Technology scientists and, appearing July 15 in the journal Neuron, also helps explain why being generous sometimes feels so difficult. [...]

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Harvard Study: Where Does Happiness Really Come From?

“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Research proves this advice is scientifically sound. In a recent study from Harvard University, “Prosocial Spending and Happiness: Using Money to Benefit Others Pays Off” researchers looked at the connection between giving and happiness. Their paper clearly establishes a link between spending money on others versus [...]

Kids Giving Back

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of giving a talk to 40 fathers and their sons as part of the Cook for Good program run by the not-for-profit organization, Kids Giving Back.   I have no affiliation with Kids Giving Back other than I occasionally mention them in talks I give.   Kids [...]

Are nice people born or made?

Oxytocin and vasopressin, two hormones that inspire feelings of love and generosity when they flood our brains, bind to neurons by attaching to molecules called receptors, which can come in different forms.   The new research, led by psychologist Michel Poulin of the University of Buffalo, suggests that if you have the genes that give [...]