Category Archives: Generosity

Choosing Kindness and Generosity Over Cynicism and Greed

“There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing,” Maya Angelou wrote in contemplating courage in the face of evil. Sometimes, evil comes in one of … Continue reading

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Generosity Involves More Than Just Giving

What does it take to be a generous person? However, virtues such as generosity are complicated. They involve more than just outward behavior. A person’s underlying thoughts, feelings and motives matter, too. If those aren’t in good shape, then one … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Generosity

Why helping each other can bring us back together. Though human beings are literally wired for generosity, we can also be surprisingly stingy. It’s a tough world—and the demands placed upon us (and those we place on ourselves) can give … Continue reading

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The Social Contagion of Generosity

Why do people help strangers when there is a low probability that help will be directly reciprocated or socially rewarded? A possible explanation is that these acts are contagious: those who receive or observe help from a stranger become more … Continue reading

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Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame

From the age of Darwin to the present day, biologists have been grappling with the origins of our moral sense. Why, if the human instinct to survive and reproduce is “selfish,” do people engage in self-sacrifice, and even develop ideas … Continue reading

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