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The Conviction of Belonging: An Update

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Recently DailyGood featured "I Am Everybody," an inspiring post by author Phyllis Cole-Dai, in which she shared the story of her 'signature' red coat, that over the years has been autographed by hundreds of strangers. This one-of-a-kind coat is an emblem of our profound interconnections, and Phyllis invited readers to write her if they wanted their names added to the mix. The flood of responses she received from around the world, put her life happily on hold for the rest of the week. She shares an update here. Read Article

Here’s Why Some People Can Stand Up to Social Pressure

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Research explores what gives people the courage to be a "moral rebel." Utah Senator Mitt Romney voted in February to convict President Donald Trump on the charge of abuse of power, becoming the first senator ever to vote against his own party’s president in an impeachment trial. By Catherine A. Sanderson Two Theranos employees—Erika Cheung and Tyler Shultz—spoke out about their concerns regarding the company’s practices, even though they knew they could face lasting personal and professional repercussions. Actors Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan came forward to report Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment and assault, despite his threats to ruin their careers if they did so. All of these people spoke up to call out bad behavior, even in the face of immense pressure to stay silent. Although the specifics of each of these cases are quite different, what each of these people share is a willingness to take action. Psychologists like me describe those who

How a Seagull Changed This Man’s Life!

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Sometimes you need a story of unlikely friendship to remind you that goodness is out there, kindness still exists, and that there is hope for the future. In this case, those reminders come in the form of a seagull. Known for their piercing calls and swarms for the dropped french fry in any McDonald’s parking lot, most of us aren’t trying to become best friends with a seagull—unless you’re this guy. For 15 years, this lobsterman has bonded with one particular gull, and the tenderness of their relationship is nothing short of astonishing! By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber Read Article

Moving Across Political Divides Post-Election

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Joan Blades is an "accidental activist" at the forefront of movements that have shaped American culture and politics. Through her various endeavors Blades has experientially acted upon an insight about the power of ordinary people driving change. She is the co-founder of MoveOn.org, and another remarkable initiative called Living Room Conversations. In this timely video, she and her collaborator Mark Meckler share more about their work and their deep conviction that Americans can build bridges across differences-- simply by conversing as a nation and regarding those with radically different beliefs as fellow human beings. Read Article

What Can We Do Now?

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While votes for the 2020 election are counted, our contributors weigh in on what we as individuals can do now to preserve our well-being and our democracy. In the wake of the 2020 election, what steps can Americans take toward a more inclusive, cohesive, just, and compassionate society? That’s the question we put to a circle of researchers, leaders, and Greater Good contributors—and here are their answers. Many of them depend on looking to something larger than yourself: nature, ideals, and communities. Some of them ask us to look inward, and some put the emphasis on looking to other people for meaning and purpose. All of them ask us to become better than we are—to find our higher selves in the midst of conflict and negative emotions. Perhaps that’s too much to ask of ourselves right now, as the votes are still being counted. But when the counting stops, we will each need a way forward, toward who we want to become. By Ashley Quarcoo, Crystal Clarke, Ni

Deepening Our Comfort With Uncertainty

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"In our daily lives, there are endless forms of uncertainty far more things we cannot know than know. Objectively, this could be cause for great delight, wonder, and surrender. We could be relieved and appreciative that we do not have to perpetually hold onto the steering wheel, captain the ship, drive our lives. There is much to discover that can surprise us, so much to which we can gratefully yield, so much permission to let go of our need to know or control what will happen. And yet when we experience the presence of true uncertainty in our lives, it can be rattling. It goes against the conditioning most of us have internalized that not knowing is threatening that it must be hidden or overridden, solved or resolved, as quickly as possible." Kristi Nelson shares more in this piece that resonates richly with our times. Read Article

Passion Knows No Age: The 97-Year-Old Artist Painting Pixel by Pixel!

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When we’re faced with uncontrollable circumstances that make doing what we love difficult, the only thing left to do is get creative! For Hal Lasko, who began losing his sight from an incurable disease, that came in the form of painting intricate pieces of artwork in an unexpected way! Has your life ever been thrown off course because of something you couldn’t control? The life of the “Pixel Painter” will have you thinking up new ways you can get back to fulfilling your own dreams in no time! By Sam Burns Read Article

Hope: An Owner's Manual

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"Look, you might as well know, this thing is going to take endless repair: rubber bands, crazy glue, tapioca, the square of the hypotenuse. Nineteenth century novels. Heartstrings, sunrise: all of these are useful. Also, feathers. To keep it humming, sometimes you have to stand on an incline, where everything looks possible; on the line you drew yourself."  Barbara Kingsolver shares more in this beautiful excerpt from her 2008 Commencement speech at Duke University, "How to Be Hopeful." Read Article

Let Us All Unite

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"You the people have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness. You the people have the power to make life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. Then in the name of democracy let's use that power. Let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give you the future and old age and security. Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. Let us all unite!" More in this stirring excerpt from Charlie Chaplin's celebrated film "The Great Dictator." Read Article

Should You Call or Text? Science Weighs In

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A new study suggests that we undervalue the bonding and enjoyment we get from hearing someone's voice. Like most people, I’ve been doing a lot of texting with friends and family lately. COVID-19 (and the physical separation it necessitates) has made socializing in person very limited, which means I’ve had to work harder than ever to keep my relationships strong and healthy. By Jill Suttie But a new study suggests that if that’s my aim, texting may not be enough. To stay close at a time when we all need companionship and support, we’d be better off picking up the phone or setting up a video call—doing something where we can actually hear another person’s voice. In the study, participants imagined having a conversation with a friend they hadn’t been in touch with for at least two years. They predicted how awkward or enjoyable it would be and how close they’d feel if they connected by phone versus email. They also said which medium they’d prefer to us

What Some of the Most Successful People (and Animals) Have in Common

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There’s a skill—an instinct that’s millions of years old—that can assure your success in the future! It’s not complicated to master, in fact, it’s something we teach kindergartners and love our dogs for! Maybe we just need a refresher on ourselves… You have more in common with your dog than you think: you both have mastered one of the most essential skills for survival! And it’s not “survival of the fittest.” Turns out, the strongest, fastest, and most ferocious don’t always win! Instead, scientists have found that there’s a trait that’s an even stronger key for survival than strength itself, and it’s so simple that you can tap into it any time!! By Sam Burns Read Article

Why I Vote

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Poet Nikki Giovanni explains why she will always vote. She tells the story of Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer, born in rural Mississippi in 1917. She lost her job because she registered to vote. She co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which challenged the all-white delegation, led by Senator John Stennis, to the 1964 Democratic Convention. What happened next motivates Nikki to use her voice in voting.  

What Is Solidarity?: Reflections on Justice

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Etymologically, solidarity comes from the Latin word solidus, a unit of account in ancient Rome. It then merged into French to become solidaire referring to interdependence, and then into English, in which its current definition is an agreement between, and support for, a group, an individual, an idea. It is essentially a bond of unity or agreement between people united around common cause. True to its original meaning, there is the notion of accountability at its core. Below are some reflections on solidarity within the fast-changing context of modernity. Read Article