As Income Inequality Grows, do the Wealthy Become Less Generous?

A study reviewed  by John Tozzi in Bloomberg suggests this might be the case: ”   …That’s the implication of new research that suggests inequality makes wealthy people less generous. The study … … in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first to probe how inequality influences altruism. Some earlier research in the U.S. …

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The Last Election Raised Americans’ Stress to an All-time High

“For 10 years, the APA [American Psychological Association] has been running its “Stress in America” survey, usually finding that stress is caused by three primary factors—money, work, and the economy… “…In the study, respondents with incomes below $50,000 reported higher stress levels than those with higher incomes. “…over the course of the decade,  psychologists found that stress in …

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Children do Better at School If Parents Stress KINDNESS over ACHIEVEMENT

HEALTHY VALUES Affluent teens fare better when their parents emphasize kindness and other prosocial values at least as much as academic achievement, finds a study in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Researchers studied 506 teens at a predominantly white, upper-middle-class middle school, asking them about their perceptions of what their parents value most, as well …

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Independent, Autonomous and UNGRATEFUL, or is that Counter-dependent?

People who value autonomy and independence may be less likely to feel gratitude in response to a gift or favor, which could interfere with their bonds with others, suggests research in Cognition and Emotion. In a study with more than 500 participants, researchers found that people who self-reported a higher level of autonomy (not wanting to …

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Forgiveness

Can you have empathy and compassion for someone who has hurt you? That is an essential quality of forgiveness. And forgiveness has clear health benefits – by fostering a stronger sense of self, reducing stress, and is an antidote to toxic anger. Psychological research has found a strong connection between accumulated lifetime stress and mental …

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Being Emotional about Presidential Politics Makes for Bad Investing

“Predicting which industries will benefit most from which candidate is a favorite parlor game of market seers… “It all seems so logical  – but history seldom supports such reasoning.  In 2008, for example, the assumption based on his campaign platform was that President Obama would put gunmakers out of business, turn health care providers into …

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