Five surprising principles for living, loving, and playing well with others.
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And the forum featured expert debates and inspiring stories to feed these eager changemakers; the main sessions touched on critical concepts, such as empathy, new social business models, and the new challenges of social activism, while the parallel workshops brought practical examples of what is already being done (and working!) to change systems worldwide.
Empathy was the constant, unifying concept at the heart of every discussion, from the first panel, where Leonardo Boff argued that human society is transitioning from a conquest paradigm to a paradigm of care (or give-a-damn), to the last session, where Boaventura de Sousa Santos said that to make life sustainable in cities the most important value was reciprocity.
Via Edwin Rutsch
32-Year Longitudinal Study finds: Social connection is a more important route to adult well-being than academic ability.
Social connectedness in childhood is defined by the parent and teacher ratings of the child being liked, not being alone, and the child's level of confidence. Social connectedness in adolescence is demonstrated by social attachments (parents, peers, school, confidant) and participation in youth groups and sporting clubs.
The researchers found, on the one hand, a strong pathway from child and adolescent social connectedness to adult well-being. This illustrates the enduring significance of positive social relationships over the lifespan to adulthood. On the other hand, the pathway from early language development, through adolescent academic achievement, to adult well-being was weak, which is in line with existing research showing a lack of association between socioeconomic prosperity and happiness.
Via Gina Stepp