Civility Feed

Living a Purposeful Life

Is There a Link Between Ethics, Happiness, and Meaning? I’m often asked whether ethical behavior can lead to a happier, more meaningful life. The answer is “yes!” That’s why I wrote a book on it – Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. Of course, many people... Read more →


Is Capitalism to Blame For All Our Problems?

Professor Claims Capitalism to Blame For Why Students Are Graded A New School professor is calling for the abolition of grades claiming it is unfair to students. Gee, I thought grades introduced fairness because students are evaluated on their work and given higher grades for better work. I guess this... Read more →


Showing Gratitude Can Enhance Your Well-Being

Regaining Civility in Society I have previously blogged about the decline of civility in society and rampant unethical behavior that has created conflicts everywhere we look. It seems we no longer know how to disagree with each other without being disagreeable. In short, we have lost our moral compass. One... Read more →


Why Are Americans So Unhappy?

Going Beyond Happiness and Meaning in Life Two recent surveys suggest that Americans are becoming more unhappy with each passing year. The 2019 World Happiness Report says that the U.S. is ranked 19th in happiness, a decline from previous surveys. A General Social Survey ranks public opinion by country from... Read more →


Doing an Ethics Checkup

How Can You Know Whether You’re Doing the Right Thing? Periodically, we all go to our doctor to check our health. We make sure all systems are operating as intended. The same should be done with our ethical self. Have we done whatever we can to do the right thing,... Read more →


Is There a Difference Between Kindness and Generosity?

Giving, not Receiving, Makes for Kind and Generous People We’ve heard it many times before. This person is kind. That person is generous. But, what do these terms mean and what is the relationship between them? What is their role in ethical decision-making? Kindness is generally thought of as the... Read more →


How to Lead a Happier, More Meaningful Life

Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior Happiness and meaning in life are elusive concepts. According to the 7th World Happiness Report, the U.S. ranks 19th in measures of happiness. Why so low? According to the report, bouts of depression, suicidal ideation and addiction to drugs make it more difficult for... Read more →


Talking to Strangers Can Enhance Your Well-Being

Why You Should Reach Out and Touch Someone I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth Bernstein that contends sometimes a stranger – not a loved one – can significantly improve your day by having a pleasant encounter that creates a connection and provides feelings of... Read more →


Ethics Resources

Resources on Ethics in Society, the Workplace, and in Higher Education The following organizations provide ethics resource material and readings that may be of interest to the general public, business professionals, members of higher education, bloggers, researchers and others interested in the role of ethics in society. ASL Group UK... Read more →


The Lost Art of Being a Compassionate Person

Transforming Your Life Through Compassion and Empathy I've been thinking a lot lately about whether we are a compassionate society. There's no doubt we are following a horrific event like a school shooting or terrorist attack. But, are we compassionate on an everyday basis? Why is it important to be... Read more →