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We All Need Words on the Positives of Negativity

*Bah, humbug! We All Need Words on how a can't-do attitude will help your writing.* 'Tis the season to be jolly. Good will, good cheer, good tidings to all men, women, children and pets. Pah. All this tinsel-wrapped positivity is tiring. We're told time...
Posted by We All Need Words
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Lynda Shaw on the Brain Benefits of Common Decency

Last year I had a meeting in Fulham, London.  I parked my car and walked through a small park to get to the street I needed. As I hurried along in my high heels concentrating that I didn't slip on the falling leaves, I...
Posted by Lynda Shaw
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David Baker on Compassion and Oxytocin

With perfect timing, TED recently released Paul Zak's talk on Trust, morality - and oxytocin, first given at TEDGlobal in July and now on the TED website. A neuroeconomist at Claremont Graduate University in southern California, Zak argues that values such as compassion, empathy, trust, respect, love and...
Posted by David Baker
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Melanie Challenger on Reaching Out to the Natural World

When we glance across the road at the faces of strangers in our vicinity, it is mirrored by looking out over a field or a stand of trees and having no knowledge of the other species living in our midst. Altruism in humans...
Posted by Melanie Challenger
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Mark Vernon on the Difficulty of Compassion

Compassion is like happiness. Obviously a great good. And yet, I think it is also like happiness in another way. Its realisation is far more tricky than perhaps first meets the eye. A number of thoughts came to mind as I tried to...
Posted by Mark Vernon
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Michael Landy on Acts of Kindness

In celebration of last Sunday's World Kindness Day artist Michael Landy talks about his project Acts of Kindness with its curator Cathy Haynes.  Acts of Kindness is an Art on the Underground commission calling for stories of kindness on the Tube. Since the project began...
Posted by Michael Landy
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Sarah Bakewell on Montaigne, Cruelty and Conviviality

There is a certain respect, and a general duty of humanity, that attaches us not only to animals, who have life and feeling, but even to trees and plants. We owe justice to men, and mercy and kindness to other creatures that may...
Posted by Sarah Bakewell
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Chris Irons on Developing a Compassionate Mind

It's a truism to say that life can be difficult and involve a great deal of stress, strain and at times, suffering. We all recognise that work can be fraught and stressful, with constant targets looming, difficult managers to deal with, and frequent assessment...
Posted by Chris Irons
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John Paul Flintoff on Compassionate Correspondence

After the riots in London this summer, I was happy to join the riotcleanup movement that saw individuals rush out with rubber gloves and broomsticks. But cleaning up broken glass was never going to be enough. What about the psychological mess? I was struck by...
Posted by John Paul Flintoff
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Richard Reynolds on Compassion for the Cracks

Trampled across, shat upon, dumped on. We let the wasteful abuse of these poor downtrodden sods carry on day after day. Most people are blind to it until they end up tripping up and only then realize what peculiar and ubiquitous little things they...
Posted by Richard Reynolds
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Roman Krznaric on The Radical Origins of Compassion

So you think compassion means being nice to people? Sure, it's Latin root literally means 'to suffer with another', which is pretty close to the psychological concept of 'affective empathy', where you share in or mirror someone else's emotional state. When I feel your...
Posted by Roman Krznaric

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