Now, in a novel investigation in which physicians underwent brain scans while they believed they were actually treating patients, researchers have provided the first scientific evidence indicating that doctors truly can feel their patients' pain –...
Makes me think about the book I'm reading right now: Love 2.0 by Professor Barbra Fredrickson.
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Bad title - because there is such thing as everlasting love (think about the couple that is still holding hands after 60+ years of marriage) - but great research about the science of "high quality relationships."
In Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, which argues that people base moral decisions on gut feelings, not reason, he writes: “Nobody is ever going to invent an ethics class that makes people behave ethically after they step out of the classroom.”...
I predict that this will become a trend: Business schools basing their curriculum more on the science of moral psychology and less on the old school view of normative ethics. Stay tuned.
Some wisdom from Sharon Lebell’s contemporary interpretation of Epictetus’ The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness.
Yes, yes and yes again. I love this quote:
"Take care not to casually discuss matters that are of great importance to you with people who are not important to you. … Most people only know how to respond to an idea by pouncing on its shortfalls rather than identifying its potential merits. Practice self-containment so that your enthusiasm won’t be frittered away." - so true!
Are parents happier than those without kids? It's a complicated question that even researchers don't agree on.
I sense a little tension between the psychologists and the sociologists here - who's right? I question any 3-item scale that is used to measure any type of happiness much less the meaning-in-life aspects of happiness. However, anecdotally - I can attest that being a dad makes me happier and my life more meaningful.