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How being friends with someone who has dementia can be good for you both

By Janelle Taylor, Professor, Medical Anthropology, University of Washington. Friendship helps protect against loneliness even when oldsters do not have dementia. It can be especially beneficial for those who do. sirtravelalot/Shutterstock.com Each year, in the final few hours of the last day of December, many people all across North America

Why bullying needs more efforts to stop it

Bullying leads to both short-term and long-term adverse consequences. Girl image via www.shutterstock.com Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University The tragic consequences of bullying have become a regular part of the news cycle. In April, an eighth grade girl in Missouri and a sixth grade boy in Pennsylvania committed suicide. Bullying was an important

Trauma makes us shun kindness when we need it most

Friend or foe: what do you see? Kquedquest, CC BY-NC Kirsten McEwan, Cardiff University It seems intuitive that many of us would fear and avoid emotions such as anger and anxiety. But some people fear positive emotions such as happiness and contentment, and of accepting the compassion, kindness and support of others. If

Children from non-religious homes are more generous than their peers, study suggests

Sorry for being so naughty. imtmphoto /Shutterstock Jonathan Jong, Coventry University It is certainly true that humans don’t need religion to be moral. But whether religion generally reduces or impedes kindness is less obvious, as the link between religion and morality is a notoriously difficult one to untangle. Although many researchers have tried

To honor Dr. King, pediatricians offer four tips to teach kindness to kids

From www.shutterstock.com, Nia Heard-Garris, University of Michigan and Danielle Erkoboni, University of Pennsylvania Children are listening. During the election, messages of hate, fear and intolerance were propagated across different media and into communities. And the messages continue. While parents view and listen to these ever-present messages, alongside them are their children, hearing

Forget moral decline: Aussies might be getting kinder

Younger generations are more likely to engage in acts of kindness. Alex Proimos Nicholas Hookway, University of Tasmania and Daphne Habibis, University of Tasmania The world today is often portrayed as being less kind, friendly or giving than it used to be. So-called Gen Me, today’s teens and young adults, are the poster-children

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