Giving

The Physiological Power of Altruism

The Atlantic: In the fight against the disease that will kill one of every four people you know, most scientists studying cardiovascular epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health are focusing on usual suspects like cholesterol, obesity, and cardiac structure. But research fellow Eric Kim has a unique focus: purpose More

The Feel-Good School of Philanthropy

The New York Times: THIS year, “Giving Tuesday,” Black Friday’s philanthropic cousin, kicked off our nation’s most generous calendar month. Americans punch up their charitable donations in December, to over an estimated $1 billion a day. Why do we give? Many motives drive kind actions. We might donate to impress More

Altruism and the Preschooler

The Wall Street Journal: Preschool-age children from wealthier families generally behave less charitably than those from lower economic brackets, according to a recent study. What’s more, the study says, that lack of altruism could affect the physical and mental health of the wealthier children. The study, published recently in the More

Poor children more generous than their rich counterparts, study finds

The Telegraph: Even as four-year-olds, poor people are more generous than their richer counterparts, an altruism experiment suggests. Psychologists also found that teaching pre-school children to help those in need can lead to them being healthier later in life. Researchers from the University of California carried out an altruism experiment on 74 More