What Our Brains Reveal

Pulling oneself up by the bootstraps isn’t equally easy for everyone. A study of 83,000 brain scans revealed that criminal behavior, depression and mental illness often result from some form of brain injury. The study showed that treating the specific type of...

Apology Redux

We all make mistakes, it’s part of being human. Sometimes those mistakes are happy ones and actually bring good fortune. But sometimes they hurt others. When that happens, it’s often not the mistake that’s the biggest problem, but what we do (or...

Skin Deep

When we meet others we don’t like or understand, it’s tempting to be dismissive or spin a story about their weirdness or inferiority. This kind of characterization permits us to exclude them from consideration and kindness. But if instead we consciously...

Others’ Shoes

Because we all view the world through our own unique lens, it’s difficult to understand why some people act the way they do. We might get agitated or even angry seeing someone driving recklessly fast, while possibly endangering themselves and others. But if we...

Humility Begets Compassion

Most of us have been through some kind of hardship and loss to get to where we are now. Along with self-motivation and work, the success we experience is also partially due to grace. We’ve benefited from some combination of good timing and assistance from...

Judging and Compassion

When we think someone has made a poor choice, we need to remember that it probably seemed like the best option at the time. Whatever they learn from the experience could help them make better choices next time. We judge when we think that we could have done it better....