The roots of altruism

Altruism – a theory of conduct that regards the good of others as the end of moral action. The term (French altruisme, derived from Latin alter, “other”) was coined in the 19th century by Auguste Comte.

Altruism in psychology

Altruism refers to behavior that benefits another individual at a cost to oneself. For example, giving your dinner, lunch away is altruistic because it helps someone who is hungry, but at a cost of being hungry yourself. Neurological, cultural, and other kinds of factors may cause some people to be more altruistic than others. So-called ”extreme altruist” they differ from others in the size of their brains’ amygdala and their responsiveness to signs of distress. External influences such as a religious reasons or socio economic status may also play a role.

Christianity And Unbelief

At its inception, the concept of altruism resonated widely in a Victorian culture saturated with moral and religious intensity. Some were attracted to Comtean positivism and its worship of humanity as an eminently respectable form of unbelief, one that combined a commitment to the sciences with a continuing religious sense and with the strong social conscience that the positivist ideology of altruism involved. On the other hand, some who were committed to a Christian view of morality and society saw in Comtean altruism a concept of the love of others that was detached both from an understanding of appropriate self-love and from the necessity of a love of God. (

“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.”
― Karl Lagerfeld


Poftă de papanași – fără zahăr

Ieri am avut poftă de papanași, așa că am trecut la treabă.


  • 250g brânză dulce
  • 300g făină
  • 1 pliculeț zahăr vanilat
  • coajă de la o lămâie
  • o liguriță de praf de copt
  • 1 ou
  • 250ml ulei
  • Dulceața de care tip vreți ( eu prefer zmeură)
  • Smântănă

Am adăugat brânzica într-un bol, zahăr vanilat, ou, praf de sare, lămâie și le-am mixat cu o lingură până s-au încorporat toate ingredientele. Am împărțit compoziția în 5 papanși pe care i-am modelat în palmă sau se pot modela pe blat de lucru. Formăm gaura specifică și apoi biluța corespunzătoare. Îi prăjim în ulei pe ambele părți și apoi se servesc cu smântână și dulceața din abundență.

Să aveți pofta!

Donate for kids living in poverty in my home city Brasov, Romania

#romanian, cafea, Coffee, coffee and blessings, fog morning

Dimineți cu ceață

Buna dimineața, lume!

Mirosul cafelei, si a micului dejun…

Ultima zi de weekend, pentru unii si pentru alții îi ultima zi de munca dintr-un șir de 5 dimineți.

În această dimineață m-am trezit în ceață, și la propriu și la figurat. Am plecat spre muncă la ora 06:45AM, cu cafeaua în cana mea de drum, ceață deasă și cafea prea amară, un gust ciudat. No acuma sunt un pic “în ceață” dar ce am făcut eu la cafeaua asta!!?? Cred ca am adăugat prea multa cafea, aaa nuu, nu prea mult lapte sau prea puțin…

No pai, orice o fi fost, nu o fost, așa ca am renunțat la cafea pe ziua de azi. Dar gândul mă duce la Costa, Starbucks si alte cafenele care acum sunt deschise si au cafea, oare să mi au 5min pauza de la muncă si să merg la cafenea, sa scot cardul si să dau £4 pe cana de cafea, sunt un pic în “ceață”. La mine la munca, avem cafea, dar instant coffee.. yuck.

Afară încă e ceață.

La voi cum e vremea, sau/si cafeaua!?

Duminica plăcuta!

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II has died, Buckingham Palace announces

The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.

Her eldest son, Charles, becomes King Charles III, and the head of state for 14 Commonwealth realms. He said the death of his beloved mother was “a moment of great sadness”. 

In a statement, His Majesty the King said: “We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.”

He said during the period of mourning and change he and his family would be “comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held”.

In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

“The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” (CNN)


Giving Tuesday

GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. 

  • Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

I love generous people, they are my kind of people. Generosity comes from a blessed, happy heart.

For me is more important to give than to receive. Every Christmas Year we give to people in need, their children’s smile remains in my heart all year round.

Donations for poor children- Christmas time 🎅🏽

#morning, Coffee

Cafeaua de dimineață

Am descoperit gustul, bogăția, și tot ce are de oferit cafeaua în urma cu 7 ani…

Îmi aduc aminte de copilărie și mirosul cafelei de dimineața, cafea pe care o serveau bunicii si Mama. Miros plăcut în fiecare dimineață, dar nu am gustat niciodată.

Prin anii 2007-2008 se servea “cafeaua” la plic sau 3in1. Foarte ieftin, pentru oamenii săraci, fără portofele pline. Acum înțeleg de fapt 3in1 conținea mult zahăr, și cafea nu prea.

Așa cum am menționat mai sus, în urmă cu 7 ani am gustat prima cafea, și așa m-am “îndrăgostit” știți ce se zice, coffee is full of hopes and dreams.

Iubesc să mă trezesc foarte de dimineață și să-mi servesc cafeaua, partea favorită a zilei.

Cum am un soț foarte atent, anul trecut de Crăciun mi-a cumpărat un aparat foarte fain de cafea, best present ever!

blessings, GOD, psalm 30


This morning I woke up with a thankful heart. God is blessing us from his abundance daily.

I read Psalm 30, goes with a cup of coffee.

I will extol thee, O Lord; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.

O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.

O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved.

Lord, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled.

I cried to thee, O Lord; and unto the Lord I made supplication.

What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

10 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

11 Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;

12 To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

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#children, child development, Psychology, self-confidence


The quality of being certain of your abilities or of having trust in peopleplans, or the future.

Without confidence, we can’t do things like committing to something, sticking to our decisions, and taking calculated risks. You can’t work well if you keep second-guessing your actions. (William James) “Father of American psychology”

Being confident in all areas of your life is the key that opens many doors. Unfortunately, not many of us are aces when it comes to confidence, but the most important is to practice it every day. Be confident, smart, humble, open-minded.

Self-confidence in child development

They feel confident and secure, they’re more likely to succeed in school and achieve personal goals. As they get older, they learn to confront problems and resist peer pressure. More important, having a positive self-image helps a child feel happy and capable of maintaining personal relationships. Keep up the good work, parents!