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The Role of Altruism in a Meaningful Life [electronic resource]

Watson, Mary Ann, Ph. D.
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Although Ethiopia and the U.S. are worlds apart economically, citizens of both countries cite the same factors when asked what makes their lives meaningful. Is it possible that humanitarian ideals could play a part once a community's basic survival needs are met? This program discusses the role of altruism in personal happiness, profiling individuals from vastly different cultures who all say that helping others is key. Experts in positive psychology explain how the charitable impulse relates to well-being, and the link is further explored when African and American volunteers from four international philanthropic groups tell why they get involved. In addition, the video looks at how, when, and why altruism develops in children.
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28 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on July 17, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Intercultural Connections in Psychology: Altruism, Dimensions of Culture, and Happiness
Intercultural Connections in Psychology
  • Cultivating a Life Based on Strengths (2:44)
  • Collaborative Programs (2:51)
  • Raising Awareness (2:15)
  • International Relationships (1:47)
  • Planting the Seeds in Children (1:43)
  • Teaching Ethiopian Culture (3:11)
  • Westerners Search for Meaningful Life (2:44)
  • Ethiopians Search for a Meaningful Life (3:43)
  • Ethiopian Altruistic Views (1:52)
  • What Have We Learned? (3:15)
  • Credits: The Role Of Altruism in a Meaningful Life: Intercultural Connections (0:41)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2013.
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  • 53627s Films Media Group
  • 53628 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (28 min.) : sd., col. + instructional materials (online)
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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