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Pet ownership can often enhance feelings of trust among strangers. FOTOGRAFIA INC./Collections E+ via Getty Images

How the presence of pets builds trust among people

The presence of pets makes people seem more trustworthy, research has found. People are more likely to help a stranger with a dog or another pet than a person without one.
Agreeing to disagree? Showing empathy or compassion about why someone holds opinions very different from yours can help defuse polarization. (Liza Summer/Pexels)

How to function in an increasingly polarized society

How to manage the stress of polarization and how to function when it surrounds us is now a necessary but underdeveloped skill for many of us.
Creativity can be used in countless ways – with positive or negative consequences. Dusan Stankovic/E+ Collection via Getty Images

How parents can foster ‘positive creativity’ in kids to make the world a better place

Parents often want their kids to be creative. But while creativity has many benefits, it can also be used for harm. Here’s how to teach kids to harness their imagination for the common good.
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Four key rules for successful leadership

As COVID gradually recedes and attention focuses on economic recovery, good leadership is essential to help companies and their employees navigate a post-pandemic future.
Virtual reality may be a useful tool to increase public awareness and empathy for ocean environments. (Shutterstock)

Virtual reality may help us develop empathy for oceans and marine life

Empathy is an important factor in getting people to act on environmental issues. Virtual reality can bring oceans closer to home for those who can’t experience the wealth of marine ecosystems.
Managing academic expectations, culture shock, language barriers and financial constraints amid concerns about viral safety are some of the intersecting stressors faced by international students. (Shutterstock)

5 ways international students can harness emotional intelligence to deal with COVID-19 stress

International students are a vulnerable population who have faced many stressors in the COVID-19 pandemic. Emotional intelligence can help navigate these.
For narcissistic managers, it’s all about them, not their employees. Anna Koldunova/Shutterstock

Can narcissistic managers fake that they care?

Narcissism is relatively common among managers and can damage their relationships with employees. Yet some narcissists can enourage trust despite their shortcomings. So how can they be detected?
In a divided nation, a little empathy goes a long way. Brent Stirton/Getty Images

The morality of feeling equal empathy for strangers and family alike

Feelings of empathy for others may be plentiful in a year of suffering. But is feeling more empathy to loved ones than strangers morally right? A research team sought to find out.
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Empathy in conservation is hotly debated. Still, the world needs more stories like My Octopus Teacher

Some scientists say attributing ‘human-like’ qualities to animals is misleading. Others say it’s a great tool for conservation. Either way, the Netflix hit My Octopus Teacher has a positive message.
President-elect Joe Biden speaks on Nov. 10, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Can he bring compassion to foreign policy? (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Joe Biden’s empathy may result in a ‘therapeutic’ foreign policy

It’s been said that empathy is Joe Biden’s superpower. A therapeutic approach to foreign policy under Biden might go a long way in easing tensions around the world exacerbated by Donald Trump.

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