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Why spend countless hours indoors in front of screens when being in nature feels so good? In learning why and how to nurture our emotional connection with nature, we can also regenerate the ecosystems on which we depend for our survival.

"Renewal: How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy" by Andrés R. Edwards explores the science behind why being in nature makes us feel alive and helps us thrive.

In "Work, Love, and Learning in Utopia: Equality Reimagined," psychological anthropologist Martin Schoenhals argues that the negative emotions of sadness, anger, and fear evolved in tandem with hierarchy, while happiness evolved separately and in connection to prosociality and compassion.

The book covers a range of human concerns, from economics and education, to media and communication, to gender and sexuality. Schoenhals argues that equality of love is as important and possible as is economic equality.

Christie Watson was a registered nurse for twenty years before writing full time. Her first novel, "Tiny Sunbirds Far Away," won the Costa First Novel Award and her second novel, "Where Women Are Kings," was also published to international critical acclaim.

In "The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story," she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients.

David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, for which he serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion.

His book, "Emotional Success" provides an accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings – gratitude, compassion and pride – are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions actually become stronger the more we use them. These emotions have another crucial advantage: they’re contagious.

In the new book, "Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples Of Hope," Kerry Kennedy pays homage to her father’s life and legacy through incisive interviews with heads of state, business leaders, influences, and activists inspired by his enduring message of healing divisions through social justice and compassion.

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of RFK’s assassination. The volume is a testament to his accomplishments as well as an urgent clarion call in a time of great political and social upheaval.

Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights

Listener Essay - Killing

Jan 13, 2017
Tom Reichner

Patricia A. Nugent is the author of The Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad, a compilation of poems and vignettes about caregiving for and losing a loved one. She also write the play The Stone and the Ripple, about a modern day reunion of the founding suffragists. At her home on Great Sacandaga Lake, she is currently plugging away at her manuscript about her golden retriever’s spirituality.

At a time when economies are failing around the world, gun violence is tearing through the headlines, and people are taking advantage of storm ravaged areas, it's hard to find and extend compassion for those around you.

WAMC partnered with the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and American Public Media for a project called ‘building common ground: conversations about compassion, civility and community’.

How hard is it to be compassionate in 2012?

Jul 26, 2012

At a time when economies are failing around the world and gun violence is tearing through the headlines, it's hard to find and extend compassion for those around you. Acclaimed author and religious historian Karen Armstrong asks people "to look into your own heart, discover what gives you pain, and then refuse under any circumstance whatsoever to inflict that pain on anyone else."