Something we could use a little more of – studies link intellectual humility with openness to other viewpoints Early in 2018, the default reaction to encountering someone who disagrees with you is to place your fingers in your ears. The … Continue reading A little more humility
Can Kindness Be Taught? Thanks to a challenge from the Dalai Lama, a number of preschools are trying to teach something that has not always been considered an academic subject: kindness. “Can you look inside yourself and tell me what … Continue reading The kindness curriculum
Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain … Continue reading Meditation on the brain
Six Reasons Why People Give Their Money Away, or Not Do you wish you had more money? Most people do. And even though people work hard to earn their money, many give some of it away, often to help strangers. … Continue reading Motivations for donating
Why you tip as much as you do At a cafe in Upstate New York, a waiter paused for a moment in the kitchen to draw a playing card from a shuffled deck before bringing a check out to a … Continue reading Tipping anxiety
Why Your Brain Hates Other People As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing … Continue reading Us Versus Them
The economist’s guide to gift-giving “There are worlds of money wasted, at this time of year, in getting things that nobody wants, and nobody cares for after they are got.” That was Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1850, reminding us that … Continue reading Is giving gifts socially efficient?