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

Circles of Empathy: Why We Care About People To Different Degrees

The truth is: you don’t care about everyone equally. This may seem like plain commonsense to some people – but to others, this can be a frightening and uncomfortable realization. We often like to believe that we can exercise “universal … Continue reading

Good Manners in the 21st Century (And Why It’s So Hard to Be Nice in Today’s World)

Never before in our history has it been easier to treat people like crap then get away with it. This is because we’ve evolved in very small groups and tribes, typically no more than 150 people. Everyone knew each other. … 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

9 Tips on How to Be Honest With Someone Without Being Negative

Throughout my life I find people often struggle with how to be honest with someone without sounding too negative. For example, how often do you hear someone say something really hurtful, but then they quickly follow it up with, “I’m … Continue reading