Our Bodies and Minds React to Seeing Goodness

Witnessing human goodness creates a “moral elevation” in our bodies that inspires people to act altruistically.  Researchers have a name for that high we get from witnessing human goodness: “moral elevation.” And it has been shown to have many positive benefits. Past studies have found that moral elevation inspires optimism, and makes people want to be a Read More …

Social and Communication Skills Imperative in Success

Huffington Post shares a recent survey from NBC’s Parent Toolkit using the Princeton Survey Research Associates International found that the majority of U.S. parents interviewed ranked social and communication skills as the most important to build success for school and life even beyond academic grades. National experts would agree and offer greater detail on what Read More …

Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children & Teens

Psychology Today knows most parents and teachers want children to be happy. Unfortunately, we don’t make children happy by simply enabling them to be receivers of kindness. We increase their feelings of happiness and well-being, reduce bullying, and improve their friendships by teaching them to be givers of kindness.  The truth is that children are born to be altruistic givers. But somewhere between Read More …

Enhance Your Skills and Gain More Experience

Enhance Your Skills and Gain More Experience ~ You may have seen terms about volunteering such as “micro-volunteering” or “skills based volunteering.” These are new concepts that are proving to be the most valuable to volunteers and organizations. Micro-volunteering or skills based volunteering means taking the skills you possess (often through your work experience or things Read More …

Youth Volunteering Makes a HUGE Impact in Many Ways

As a youth volunteer, the knowledge that you are making a real difference also affects student volunteers on a more personal level. When students know their work is helping someone, they show increased rates of self-esteem. Furthermore, students who volunteer are more likely to become actively involved citizens who take a strong interest in current events and Read More …