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Your Kindness Is Good for You

Why we could all use a little more self-examination.

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TV, Movies Can Inspire Altruism

But new research suggests it only occurs when people reflect upon what they’ve been watching.

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The Benefits of Wealth Inequality (and Why We Should Not Fear It)

Whether they are creating jobs or cooperation, new research backs up a positive role for the well-off—up to a point.

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Compassion Can Be Cultivated

New research suggests training designed to increase feelings of compassion can lead to more altruistic behavior.

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Need Help? Ask a Virtual Superman

New research finds people who flew in virtual reality were more eager to help later.

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Do the Arts Open Hearts?

New NEA-funded research finds a link between altruistic behavior and attending cultural events.

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Drowning in Good Intentions

Heroism is a virtue, but how do we keep water rescuers from becoming victims themselves?

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Brain Scientists Locate Home of Altruism

Swiss researchers report a connection between the size and activity of one specific part of the brain and the willingness to engage in selfless acts.

Benefits of Fatherhood Extend to the Community

New research finds fathering children leads men to behave in more altruistic ways.

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Quick Studies

Banning Chocolate Milk Was a Bad Choice

The costs of banning America's favorite kids drink from schools may outweigh the benefits, a new study suggests.

In Battle Against Climate Change, Cities Are Left All Alone

Cities must play a critical role in shifting the world to a fossil fuel-free future. So why won't anybody help them?

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014