Pet spending in the U.S. is estimated to have exceeded US$72 billion.
American spending on pets is more than the combined GDP of the 39 poorest countries in the world. What if even a small percentage of this spending was allocated to reducing suffering, asks a philosopher.
Generosity boosts reward mechanisms in the brain.
The idea that we are only kind to get ahead doesn't seem to hold up, being nice genuinely makes us feel good.
The more you like someone, the more optimistic you are for them.
Study challenges our understanding of optimism as being a self-centered phenomenon.
The Choose Love pop-up store in London set up to help refugees.
Materialism has an ugly face but it is here to stay. Rather than focusing efforts to diminish it we should utilise materialism to benefit wider society.
When rain from Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston and surrounding areas, some people were more eager to volunteer than others.
Caring about someone you have never met, this new brain research suggests, may have a lot in common with caring about the people you love.
Charities' victory in inheritance case a relief for legacy fundraisers, but raises wider questions about individuals' motives.
It's important to strike a balance between helping others and looking after yourself.
Sulphur-crested cockatoos form long-term pair bonds, perhaps explaining their emotional intelligence.
For a long time it was not believed that animals were even capable of feeling pain, let alone complex emotions. We now know that is far from the truth.
Humpbacks can use their fins as weapons against killer whales.
Humpback whales have been spotted fending off killer whales from attacking other species. But this kind of interspecies altruism raises an evolutionary conundrum.
What motivates us to help others?
Can a study into the neural basis of altruism help us be better people?
Standing up for what’s right can come with a cost to the individual – but also a benefit.
It helps society function when people punish selfish acts, even at a personal cost. A new theory suggests third-party punishment also confers some benefits on the punisher.
Ice Bucket challenge: for you or the cause?
Effective altruists say you should make the greatest difference – here's a better way to get people giving.
A hijacked car burns in East Belfast December 8, 2012.
Many antropologists believe that conflict drove the evolution of altruism in humans. But research shows that quite the opposite is true.
Giving, or contributing, beyond ourselves is one of the strongest predictors of happiness and health.
A philosophy based on giving of ourselves to others may help us live more meaningful and fulfilling lives, while helping to bridge the extremes of our emotions and beliefs.
Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer is a strong advocate of effective altruism, and has written a book on the movement called The Most Good You Can Do.
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Australians donate around A$2.4 billion to charity each year, but how many lives does that impact? Effective altruism is a social movement focused on maximising the impact of your donated time and money.
“Remember, we’re all in this together.”
Altruistic behaviour is not just for humans, lab rat behaviour test shows.
Selfish, cooperative – or doesn’t understand the rules of the game?
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Intuitive processes may underlie decisions of those who help others while risking their own lives.
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Prior to Hamilton’s rule, biologists puzzled over how cooperative behaviours evolved.
Fifty years ago this month, evolutionary biologist William Donald Hamilton published a solution to one of biology’s most enduring mysteries: why does altruism exist? Altruistic behaviours are those where…
According to a study by The University of Wisconsin-Madison, adults can be taught to be more compassionate for others. A…