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A2A Research Showcase: Journaling Inspires Altruism Through an Attitude of Gratitude

December 14, 2017

Gratitude does more than help maintain good health. New research at the University of Oregon finds that regularly noting feelings of gratitude in a journal leads to increased altruism.

Read the full article here.

A2A Research Showcase: How Racial Adversity Leads to Resilience

By Alisa Gumbs | November 7, 2017

By all accounts, being black in America is stressful. But research shows African Americans seem to have found a way to prevent some of the effects of that […]

A2A Research Showcase: Can Empathy Be Learned? Science Offers Some Clues

By Rosalie Chan | October 24, 2017

Empathy has long been a core belief of many major religions around the world. The Abrahamic religions, Hinduism and Buddhism all emphasize kindness and compassion.

It’s also an instinct scientists say humans can learn to hone.

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A2A Research Showcase: How Fossils Show that Caring for Others is Human Nature

By Daniel Starkey | October 25, 2017

A new study examining an ancient Neanderthal skull with significant disabilities that lived to an old age is more evidence that, despite our “survival of the fittest” […]

A2A 1-on-1 Interview with Emily Esfahani Smith


A2A host Liz Saint John speaks with Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness about why the search for happiness may be distracting us from what really matters. Emily is a writer and editor at Stanford University’s Hoover […]

By |December 17th, 2017|1-on-1 Interviews|0 Comments|

A2A 1-on-1 Interview with Dr. Kristin Neff

Liz Saint John talks one-on-one with Dr. Kristin Neff. Dr. Neff is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of Self-Compassion. Dr. Neff was the first to define and measure self-compassion and is widely recognized as one of the leading […]

By |November 27th, 2017|1-on-1 Interviews|0 Comments|

A2A 1-on-1 Interview with Allan Luks

Liz Saint John talks one-on-one with Allan Luks, Director Emeritus of the Fordham University Center for Nonprofit Leaders and author of four books, including The Healing Power of Doing Good about volunteerism and how it can benefit one’s emotional and physical wellbeing.


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By |November 26th, 2017|1-on-1 Interviews|0 Comments|

A2A Research Showcase: How Meditation Can Change Your Brain

By Paul Ratner | October 14, 2017

Meditation is not only a good way to beat the stress but it actually changes the brains of its practitioners. The specific kind of […]

A2A Research Showcase: How Empathy Can Impact Our Health

By Jennifer Breheny Wallace | September 25, 2017

New research looks at the different ways we can respond to someone’s suffering with empathy; and how it triggers a physiological response that can […]

A2A Research Showcase: How Self-Compassion Helps You Support Others

By Darren Steeves | September 11, 2017

A new study finds that training to be more compassionate to yourself can make you more supportive of others.

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