Once again, the Bible and science agree. It is the cycle Jesus succinctly summarized in Matthew 10:8–freely we receive, so much so, that out of gratitude we are inspired to freely give.
Character & Virtue
“A more generous world is a better world.” That was one of the premises of the Science of Generosity Initiative that Christian Smith led at the University of Notre Dame.
I’m grateful for gratitude because, when we practice it, life is better. Paul reminds us, in 1 Thessalonians 5:16, that even when life is hard, we’d do well to “be thankful [grateful] in all circumstances” (NLT). I’m grateful for gratitude because it leads to praising life and to praising God for life.
Founded by Dr. Robert Enright, a researcher who has been studying forgiveness since 1985, the International Forgiveness Institute seeks to help people leverage Dr. Enright’s forgiveness process model in their own context.
This short video about the research by Amrisha Vaish on children, groups, and forgiveness may provide clues on how we can bridge some of what divides us.
In scientific studies on forgiveness, it’s not uncommon to hear that the benefits come to the one doing the forgiving. Is that the whole picture? Is forgiveness a sort of self-serving act?