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    • I really enjoyed reading this article. I had never thought about heroism as something that could be learned or taught.

      Reading about the hero in the New Zealand mosque killings makes this particularly pertinent now.

      Heroism doesn't have to be huge. It can be as simple helping someone who is being bullied.

      “The goal of heroism is to promote socially responsible behavior and actions that serve the greater good.”

      There are now workshops to help cultivate heroism.

      “It’s taking a little action day by day that makes the world better,” Zimbardo says, “starting with your family, your school, your community and, ultimately, your nation.”

    • Loved the article. I tried an experiment like his on myself last year and I can't believe how a little change made me feel.

      Here's the thing: I walk a lot while talking on the phone. Our neighborhood is on a main route to a high school 3 blocks away. I see litter and grumble. It corrodes my soul because come on, why would you just toss your M&Ms wrapper? Kids these days. Where are the parents?

      I decided to change my mindset and pick up the trash as I walk. I mean, they're just kids and who hasn't accidentally dropped stuff? I get to feel good about myself. The neighborhood gets cleaner.

      Now I don't even think about it no matter where I am — I just instinctively pick up trash in parking lots, parks, wherever. I get a little dopamine hit as I think one less piece of litter anyone has to see. I get a big dopamine hit as I dump it into the garbage can when I get home.

      I bet it's contagious and I got it from my wife. She would never humble brag like I just did, but she not only picks up trash, but she keeps a container of it that can be recycled. I dumped it out and took a pic. This stuff is all from riding her bike around town, so she has to stop the bike to pick it up. As a skateboarder and cyclist, I'm grateful she does.