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 →


Is it Time To Give Up on Capitalism?

Role as a Moral Agent One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and to be held accountable for their actions. Moral agents... Read more →


The Ethics of Forgiving Student Debt

Elizabeth Warren vs Bernie Sanders Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? Who’s morally right: Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren? These are questions that should be asked in light of the Democratic debates and promises to students that their student debt will be wiped... 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 →


Developing a Code of Ethics for Software Engineers

The Public Interest Should Be Front and Center Given the concerns about the security of our online data and personal information used by the likes of Facebook and others, the time is right to expand those concerns to software engineers and ask the important question: Should ethical standards be set... Read more →


Do You Have Ethical Intelligence?

What is Your Ethics IQ? – ANSWERS Last week I posted ethics questions and in today’s post I will explain the answers. Ethics is not an exact science so you may disagree. Still, the explanations below are based on ethical standards of behavior that link to a philosophy or other... 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 →


Beyond Happiness and Meaning

Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior A recent survey reports that nearly one in five business school students are willing to sacrifice more than 40 percent of their salary to work for a responsible employer. Some will work for nonprofits where they are committed to the cause. Others seek positions... Read more →