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When Does Living a Moral Life Lead to a Flourishing Life?

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How can we live a meaningful and purposeful life? Answering this question can significantly contribute to our long-term well-being. Recent research in positive psychology among diverse populations unequivocally suggests that living a more meaningful and purposeful life predicts better physical and mental health.

Knowing Who You Are Matters in Relationships

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We’re often told that it’s important to “know thyself.” Although this advice might sound a bit clichéd, it turns out that knowing who we are makes a difference in our romantic relationships.

How Women and Men’s Different Emotional Experiences Shape Moral Decisions

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Negative stereotypes about women’s emotionality have persisted throughout history, leading to many damaging myths about their decision-making capacities in the social, professional, and political sphere.  Historically, women’s emotionality was also considered to undermine their ability to make moral decisions.  Women were often viewed as morally inferior to men because they based moral judgments on emotion rather than logic.  In stark contrast to this early view, we now know that self-conscious moral emotions, like guilt, are critical to moral judgment and moral behavior (

Why Confronting Paradoxes Can Give You a Creative Boost

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In either the social or corporate world, we often face contradictory expectations. Your friend expects you to maintain regular contact, but to give them personal space. Your boss expects you to follow rules, but to remain flexible and adaptive. You compete to outperform your coworkers, but collaborate with them in a team to deliver high quality work.

Angels and Demons: Differences in Mental Images of Believers and Atheists

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Atheists are considered one of the most untrustworthy social groups in the U.S. People tend to imagine that atheists are morally uninhibited; capable and willing to cheat, steal, and even murder. This assumption that atheism signals immorality may be based in the premise that religious belief is a prerequisite to moral behavior. That is, a moral person is a religious person, and an immoral person must be an atheist.

People Who Live in Diverse Neighborhoods Are More Helpful – Here's How We Know

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Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of diversity, American political scientist Robert Putnam holds that diversity causes people to hunker down, creating mistrust in communities.

Politicians are Only Human

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What makes politicians tick? A civics textbook might say that their constituents’ wishes and the good of society are all that should matter. A cynic might say that greed and the hunger for power are all that really do matter. A pragmatist might fall in between — many politicians are greedy and power hungry, for sure, but there are many good ones who care about their constituents and want what’s best for society.

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