I was discussing with Professor Marty Seligman, who is visiting Melbourne on a project with Geelong Grammar, the link between positive/creative thinking and altruism.
Professor Seligman’s research has shown there is a direct link. In other words, that positive, optimistic thinkers are more inclined to help others and be altruistic than pessimistic thinkers.
I suggested the parable of the Good Samaritan would be better called The Happy Samaritan. ‘Good’ is merely a judgement while ‘happy’ is an insight. Marty said, “Why don’t you write that up?”. So, I did.
Visit his site and take his Signature Strengths Test–it’s excellent.