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being well during the 2020 pandemic

  active caring
gary e. davis
May 2020
  April 2020

The appeal of advancing greater good shows our intrinsic humanity. That may be why the Finns are humanity’s happiest.

May 2020

“During a crisis, the people who cope best are those who help others,” writes Tara Parker-Pope, NYTimes. Research cited by Ms. Parker-Pope found that “the people who had higher levels of felt obligation—meaning they were the type of people to sacrifice for others—coped better with their own life challenges.”

On Twitter, David Brooks “saw a picture of a house where an older lady was self-isolating. Two neighborhood kids put on a cello concert on her front porch.”

“The greatest psychological shift amid widespread crisis may be toward … checking in on neighbors, caring for the needy, cooking for friends,” writes Max Fisher, NYTimes, about “the new normal.”

“Some research has focused on the ‘helper’s high’,” Parker-Pope notes. “There can be joy in caring for others.”

And there can be nobility: “Tom Moore, U.K.'s 100-Year-Old Hero, Is Awarded Knighthood For Fundraising Walks.”

primal interrelationality

“Our fundamental worth is intrinsic. It’s based on kindness, compassion and generosity, the ability to give and receive love,” Jane Brody noted.

Max Fisher: “Early humans, trapped in a hostile environment, thrived when they cooperated, typically in groups of a few hundred.”

Richard J. Davidson, professor of psychology and neuroscientist at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has demonstrated that “when individuals engage in generous and altruistic behavior, they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being” (quoted by Brody).

In other words, the intrinsic appeal of caring for others belongs to Our evolving.

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