‘Tis Better to Give than Receive

This phrase, thrown around quite a lot during the holidays, takes on a new dimension when you read the growing research showing that the poorest in America are also the most generous. It’s true. The least well-off actually give more of their incomes to charity...

Ebola and the Role of Missionary Doctors

Slate recently published a waffling missive questioning the role of missionary doctors in the developing world. The writer himself says that he understands the important role they play, especially when there is a major public health crisis. But something just leaves...

What Can We Learn from Holland… Michigan

A small town of 35,000 on the shores of Lake Michigan was named one of the happiest towns in America. In this 2010 article on the ABC News site, the author tries to find out exactly what makes Holland, Michigan so great. Not surprisingly, the residents talked about...

Community-mindedness leads to Income Mobility

From Harvard and UC-Berkley economists, comes a fascinating study about income inequality and mobility. This particular study looks at the factor of geography and maps out which cities have high and low mobility. One factor they could tie to more mobility was those...