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Top 15 New Books About Sharing, Cities and Happiness | Charter for Compassion. By Cat Johnson Whether you’re in the Northern hemisphere, cozied down for a long winter’s night or in the Southern hemisphere, enjoying the sunshine, there’s always time for a good read and we’ve rounded up the top 15 new sharing movement books (plus two bonus books). Topics covered include the power of cities to create positive change; a living, utopian experiment in Spain; how to achieve personal happiness and fulfillment; transparency in government; the maker movement; urban farming; and how sharing is good...and good for us. Several of the books here are offered as donor premiums as part of Shareable’s crowdfunder to build the Sharing Cities Network. Be sure to check it out. The Village Against the World, by Dan Hancox (Verso): Marinaleda, a small town in Andalusia, Spain has, for the last 35 years, been a living experiment to create a utopia for its residents.

A History of Future Cities, by Daniel Brook (W.W. Social: Why Our Brain Are Wired to Connect, by Matthew D. Community Tool Box. Message on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Videos. Smile! It’s Good for Your Heart. Feeling good makes us smile, right? Sure, although a new study suggests the reverse may also be true: Smiles might be good for our health. In the study, to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, researchers at the University of Kansas found that the act of smiling has a positive effect on our happiness and physical health, helping the heart recover more quickly after stressful events.

From top: Examples of the fake smile, genuine smile, and neutral expression participants had to imitate in the study (with help from chopsticks).Psychological Science The researchers randomly assigned nearly 170 American college students into one of three groups. In one group, the research assistant had the students unwittingly activate the facial muscles for a genuine (or “Duchenne”) smile, which involves muscles at the corners of the lips and muscles around the eyes, producing “crow’s feet” to the sides of the eyes.

So do the results mean we should “fake it til we make it”? Program - Empathy and Compassion in Society. 10.00 am Welcome Can We Live a Compassionate Life? Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world. Public Life: Can Compassion be the Unifying Value of a City? Mayor Greg Fischer When Mayor Fischer took office, he established three goals for Louisville. A Call to Action by a Summit of Policy Leaders Mayors Greg Fischer, Tom Tait, Marilyn Strickland and Edwin Lee 11.30 am - Break 11.50 am Why We Choose Compassion, Why We Don’t, and What We Can Do About It Dr Paul Gilbert and Dr Yotam Heineberg Dr Gilbert will outline how evolution of the human brain has caused serious problems for humanity.

Dr Heineberg will outline the main forms of fears of compassion and provide an outline of current research on fears of compassion. Dr. Interpersonal Neurobiology: Why Compassion is Necessary for Humanity Dr Daniel Siegel Presenting a view from the weaving of all fields of science into one framework called "interpersonal neurobiology," Dr. 2.30 pm Dr. Teaching Compassion: Changing the World Through Empathy and Education - ParentMap.

Children are often told in a tone of reprimand by parents and teachers: “How would you feel if they did that to you?” It is essentially the photo negative of the Golden Rule (“do unto others …”). What if that message evolved into a positive set of values, then fused into lesson plans, group activities and a school ethos? It’s happening all over the world, thanks in part to the efforts of the Charter for Compassion and its partners. The Charter for Compassion is a call to restore the Golden Rule to the center of religious, moral and civic life through listening, understanding and treating all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Not simply a statement of principle, the charter is a summons to take creative, practical and sustained action to create a just economy and a peaceful world. Compassion is more than simply a nice idea, says Armstrong, author of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and 2008 TED Prize winner.

“Compassion is not an option — it’s key to our survival.” Resources. Bring compassion to life | Charter for Compassion.