Giving Leads to Happiness in Children

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Consistent with evolutionary theories of altruism, toddlers exhibit more happiness when giving than when receiving, say researchers from Canada, and even more if the giving comes at a cost to themselves. Writing in PLoS One, the authors claim that the study provides initial support for the claim that experiencing positive emotions when giving to others is evidence of an innate mechanism for human cooperation.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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