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7 Weird Facts About Empathy, Because It Depends On More Than You Think

Flickr Images Psychopathy is an area of psychological study that will forever fascinate the public, but the opposite end of the spectrum can be just as interesting. Over the course of decades, research has turned up all kinds of weird facts about empathy - where it's regulated, how it works, and what makes some [...]

Kindness Contagion

Flikr Images We find that people imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them. This implies that kindness itself is contagious, and that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way. We still don’t fully understand the psychological forces that power kindness contagion. [...]

Religious Children are Meaner than Their Secular Counterparts, Study Finds

The moment of truth. No pressure, kid. Photograph: Allen Donikowski/Getty Images/Flickr RM Children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households, according to a new study. Academics from seven universities across the world studied Christian, Muslim and non-religious children to test the relationship between religion and morality. They [...]

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The Science of Empathy—and Why Some People Have It Less Than Others

Big hug. (Reuters/Miguel Vidal) Empathy is hot in business wisdom these days: Forbes says it’s invaluable, Apple’s training manual offers empathy exercises, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls caring “key.” “Corporate empathy is not an oxymoron,” concluded an article in the Harvard Business Review on January 8. “It is a hard skill that should be required from [...]

Want to Raise Kind Kids? Harvard Says These 5 Techniques Will Help You Do That

www.raisinglifelonglearners The Making Caring Common Project, done at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, came up with some interesting findings that seem even more relevant given that World Random Act of Kindness Day is just around the corner on November 13th. According to the study, a large majority of youth across a wide spectrum [...]

7 Easy Happiness Boosters According to Harvard Research

"Each activity listed below not only gives us a quick boost of positive emotions, improving our performance and focus in the moment; but if performed habitually over time, each has been shown to help permanently raise our happiness baseline…” - by  Shawn Achor Source: 7 Easy Happiness Boosters According to Harvard Research | TIME

Positive Psychology Prematurely Discards Negative Emotions; Why It’s OK To Be Sad And Happy

Many Americans think happiness is the end game, the ultimate reason we’re alive, Kashdan said. In fact, 80 to 90 percent of people across the world say their fundamental objective is to be happy. But, happiness may be something we give too much credence too - Stephanie Castillo via Positive Psychology Prematurely Discards Negative Emotions; Why [...]

Five Tips to Help Raise Kind kids

According to a new study about 80 per cent of the youth said their parents were more concerned with their achievement or happiness than whether they cared for others. The interviewees were also three times more likely to agree that "My parents are prouder if I get good grades in my classes than if I'm [...]

Can You Really Buy “Wonderful?”

One of Australia’s biggest stores has re-launched its brand for the first time in a decade. In its new TV advert, Myer has moved away from its “My Store” brand to a new stance that claims it’s time to “find wonderful.” The advert sets up for the punchline by questioning where wonderful went. Remember when [...]

Aussies might be getting kinder

The world today is often portrayed as being less kind, friendly or giving than it used to be. So-called Gen Me, today’s teens and young adults, are the poster-children of moral decline, routinely characterised as narcissistic, selfish and hedonist. Despite such concerns we know relatively little about the social composition of kindness and how it [...]