Monday, August 31, 2015



---Witness an act of kindness and be aware of how it makes you feel. There a very good chance that you are experiencing a moral elevation after watching a video such as this. This ties in with posting below. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


2015 8:00 a.m.

What Happens in Your Brain and Body When You Witness Human Kindness

By Melissa Dahl!

---It is just plain nice to witness those rare moments when people show real kindness to each other, and psychologists have a phrase for that: It's called moral elevation, that warm-and-fuzzy feeling you get from simply witnessing compassion. Scientists know that moral elevation tends to nudge people toward behaving more altruistically themselves, and now some new research has helped explain this effect by recording what happens inside the brain and body when we see a little bit of niceness occur.

---In a post for the Greater Good Science Center's website, writer Jill Suttie explains the study's findings. The researchers, led by Walter Piper at New York University, showed study participants either a film clip in which someone took care of someone else after an incidence of suffering, or one that was just supposed to be funny. They recorded the participants' heart rate in order to get an idea of what their sympathetic nervous system (which promotes arousal, known colloquially as the "fight or flight" system) was doing, and also measured the activity level of the parasympathetic nervous system (which promotes rest, including slowing of the heart rate).

---They observed increased activity in both systems when the participants viewed the moral-elevation videos, but the funny clip didn't activate either nervous system. Suttie explains what this might mean:
Dual activation of the PNS and SNS occurs in situations that involve attending to others in a prosocial way while also needing to stay alert and aroused, such as during parenting and sexual activity. Moral elevation must involve a similar pattern, which makes some sense: To see a compassionate act, we must witness suffering, and that’s stressful [and activates the SNS]. However, once we see the suffering alleviated through an altruistic act, it calms our heart (through the PNS), allowing us to get past the stress and give us that pleasant, warm glow feeling. This feeling is probably what calms our hearts enough to give us the motivation to “pay it forward” by acting altruistically in the future.
---In other words, scientists are a step closer to understanding why — on a physiological level — niceness can be contagious.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Ozzy Osbourne Always Grateful For The Way Robin Williams Cheered Up Sharon

---Ozzy Osbourne will forever be grateful to late funnyman Robin Williams for paying his wife Sharon a surprise visit to cheer her up after a cancer diagnosis.

The Black Sabbath rocker got in touch with the comedian after his Tv star partner was diagnosed with colon cancer because he was convinced the actor, who played a doctor in 1998 movie Patch Adams, would be able to put a smile back on Sharon's face.

---Williams turned up at the couple's home in the morning and climbed into bed with Sharon as a joke, and Ozzy admits he will never forget the actor's generosity.

---He tells the Vh1 Radio Network, "I'm forever in debt to Robin Williams, because when Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer, I'd seen the film Patch Adams... it's about a guy who was a male nurse or something in a hospital and he was working with terminal people, and I thought, what a great thing to do, and he's a very funny man, Robin Williams. I got my agent to contact him and ask if he'd be so kind as to come around and talk to my wife, which he did. It was very nice of him."

[I remember how I found this story to be very touching and shared it at one of our memorial services.]