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Top 15 New Books About Sharing, Cities and Happiness. 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).

Top 15 New Books About Sharing, Cities and Happiness

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.

Source: 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?

Smile! It’s Good for Your Heart

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.

All the students were asked to mimic a research assistant who was holding chopsticks between his or her teeth, as were the students. In the other groups, the students were made to imitate either a “standard,” non-genuine smile—involving just the muscles around the lips, not the eyes—or no expression at all. Program - Empathy and Compassion in Society. 10.00 am Welcome Can We Live a Compassionate Life?

Program - Empathy and Compassion in Society

Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world. With her call to action, she challenges individuals, businesses and communities to join her in building a Charter for Compassion — to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine. 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.

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?”

Teaching Compassion: Changing the World Through Empathy and Education - ParentMap

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. Seattle was the first city to undertake the charter’s goals. Bring compassion to life.