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 …

The Biology of Kindness: How It Makes Us Happier and Healthier

“The biggest news is that we’re able to change something physical about people’s health by increasing their daily diet of positive emotion, and that helps us get at a long-standing mystery of how our emotional and social experience affects our physical health,” says Fredrickson, professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. What’s exciting Read More …

Benefits of Service for Teens

This TeenLife article speaks to the importance of teens engaging in community service. A few areas that it benefits: it develops an increased sense of social responsibility—a global view of society and a heart for “giving back” and helping others.  It helps students stand out among other applicants and service work is a leading decision-making factor Read More …