Benevolence is one of the 12 traits of social responsibility. A benevolent person is well-meaning and kind. A benevolent person tries their best be a good-natured person at all times.

Don’t want to raise a psychopath? Be sensitive to a child’s distress

2018-04-29T12:42:07+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Benevolence, Compassion, Health, Psychology|

How do you stop a child, especially one who has experienced significant adversity, from growing up to be a psychopath? Responsive, empathetic caregiving – especially when children are in distress – helps prevent boys from becoming callous, unemotional adolescents, according to a new Tulane University study of children raised in foster care.   The research, [...]

Disasters prompt older children to be more giving, younger children to be more selfish

2018-04-29T12:42:30+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Benevolence, Generosity, Psychology|

A natural disaster can bring out the best in older children, prompting 9-year-olds to be more willing to share, while 6-year-olds become more selfish. Researchers at the University of Toronto, the University of Chicago, and Liaoning Normal University made this finding in a rare natural experiment in China around the time of a horrific earthquake. [...]

Kansas State University child development scholar suggests strategies to build foundation for empathy, tolerance

2018-04-29T12:43:38+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Benevolence, Compassion, Fairness, Psychology, Respectfulness|

When a child feels valued, he sees values in others. When he realizes he has his own thoughts and emotions, he understands that others do, too. When his ideas and feelings are respected, he learns to respect them in others.   "As a parent, you want your child to understand and respect that other people [...]

Lied-to Children More Likely to Cheat and Lie

2018-04-29T12:45:22+00:00 January 3rd, 2017|Benevolence, Fairness, Health, Psychology, Respectfulness|

People lie – we know this. People lie to kids – we know this, too. But what happens next? Do children who’ve been lied to lie more themselves?   Surprisingly, the question had not been asked experimentally until Chelsea Hays, then an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, approached professor [...]

Surprising Connections Between Our Well-Being and Giving, Getting, and Gratitude

2018-04-29T12:45:56+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Benevolence, Compassion, Generosity, Money, Psychology, Relationships|

We all know that getting a good night's sleep is good for our general health and well-being. But new research is highlighting a more surprising benefit of good sleep: more feelings of gratitude for relationships.   "A plethora of research highlights the importance of getting a good night’s sleep for physical and psychological well-being, yet [...]

Bad behavior may not be a result of bad parenting, but a lack of common language

2018-04-29T12:50:47+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Benevolence, Communicativeness, Respectfulness|

Most parents will admit that talking with a teenage child is difficult at times. It is even more challenging when parents and children don’t speak the same language fluently — a reality for a growing number of immigrant families in the United States.   New research from Iowa State University suggests this language barrier can [...]