Mattering

December 6, 2018

Make it a season of belonging, not just longing

The holiday season can be one of belonging. But it can also be a season of just longing. While many people have an opportunity to spend […]
December 1, 2018

Wellfair is not a typo

To make all social action significant and meaningful I suggest the concept of wellfair, which combines wellness with fairness. Whereas wellness is often the target of […]
November 29, 2018

Communities of Wellness, Communities of Fairness

In The Psychology of Citizenship and Civic Engagement (2015), my friend Mark Pancer noted that “making a difference” was one of the most common motivations shared […]
November 16, 2018

Material and Worth Deprivation

Discrimination and prejudice send a clear message that some people are valued more than others. This inequality of worth can be created by a number of […]
November 13, 2018

Lack of Mattering and the Rise of Nationalism

Depending on social and political dynamics, the pain associated with feeling devalued can lead to social progress or decay. When civil rights activists organized to pass […]