Posts

How Helping Others Can Help At-Risk People

According to a new study, even people who have committed crimes feel good when they give to others. By Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., Greater Good Magazine Past research has shown that helping others has a wide variety of benefits: Being kind and helpful can make us happier, give us a sense of purpose and meaning, and […]

The science of giving: Brain imaging study may help programs in fundraising efforts

Posted by Rod Pyle-Caltech on August 3, 2015   Are human beings intrinsically selfish? Or are we only selfish when we take time to realize we can get away with it? And what about willpower? How does it play a role in altruism—in other words, do we need to exercise self-control to be generous? Scientists say […]

New book on the science of selflessness has implications for mentoring

The Surprising Science of Selflessness by Elizabeth Svoboda Review by SID PERKINS Stories of heroes are all over the news: First responders and even concerned passersby put themselves in harm’s way to help others, going against every instinct for self-preservation. What could explain such selfless acts? Even Charles Darwin struggled to understand the evolutionary upside of […]