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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Psychology of Happiness by Arlene Uhl

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Chapter 6
Altruism: The Golden Rule
In This Chapter
  • Why altruism comes naturally
  • How altruism makes us feel good
  • How to increase altruism
  • How helping “too much” can harm
  • Why healthy altruism creates more of the same
Imagine you wanted to take a crash-course in character instruction. If you asked your instructor for one guiding rule or principle by which to live with pleasure, meaning, and purpose, he would probably cite some version of what we know as the Golden Rule:
“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”
As it turns out, this principle is not only the Golden Rule of morality and spirituality, but also a path to cultivating a high level of personal happiness. By living altruistically, we can make the most of all our ...

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