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Any of our jobs can be a “helping profession.” It just requires the right approach.

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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Studies suggest that our biology has a significant effect on what we believe. That makes thinking for yourself an even more urgent priority.

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There has to be a moral case for any economic system. The cultural variables that lie behind a happier life are fourfold: faith, family, community and work.

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The American economy is splitting in two. Opportunity is plentiful for the wealthy and well-educated, but it is drying up for the bottom half. What can Washington do? After decades of research and hands-on experience, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur Brooks offers surprising solutions in this AEI Vision Talk.

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The Dalai Lama’s teaching defies freighted ideological labels. His secret to human flourishing is the development of every individual. But he does not advocate an every-man-for-himself economy. He insists that while free enterprise could be a blessing, it is not guaranteed to be so. 

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Political Washington is of a flock of ducks, visibly consisting of glistening feathers and preening heads, while beneath the surface there’s a lot of furious paddling going on.

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Charitable giving improves what psychologists call “self-efficacy,” one’s belief that one is capable of handling a situation and bringing about a desired outcome. When people give their time or money to a cause they believe in, they become problem solvers. Problem solvers are happier than bystanders and victims of circumstance.

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AEI’s Philanthropic Freedom Project welcomes Bill Gates for an exclusive event at AEI.

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