Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World

Many of us have a desire to do good in the world but we don’t quite know how to do it. If a charity advocate comes to your door or approaches you on the street, you may be compelled to … Continue reading

Why Asking “What’s My Duty?” Is More Important Than “What’s My Passion?”

When you first become interested in learning more about “happiness” or “success,” it’s easy to fall for the whole “follow your passion” mantra that has become so popular these days. “Discover your passion. Do what you love. Follow your dreams.” … Continue reading

Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values

Enlightened self-interest is the idea that often times doing what is good for yourself is also doing what is good for others, and vice versa. This means your interests and values overlap with the interests and values of other people. … Continue reading

4 Ways to Create Meaning in Life Without Religion

Although I grew up as a Roman Catholic, I’ve always been skeptical of religion for as long as I can remember. By the time I reached high school, I had largely considered myself an atheist. I’m not against other people … Continue reading

The Wrong Way to Help People

There’s a right way and a wrong way to help people. It’s important to remember that even when you act with the best intentions, you don’t always know what is best for someone else. Here are some guidelines to determine … Continue reading