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Character Virtue Development

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#CultivatingCharacter: A Global Movement to Cultivate Character both Online and Off Through Living 24/6 Let it Ripple, Inc Tiffany Shlain $350,000
Exemplar Interventions to Develop Character Wake Forest University Eranda Jayawickreme, Michael Lamb $1,686,200
Identifying Metrics of Character Development in Adults: Insights from shared life in L’Arche L’Arche USA Tina Bovermann, Brenna Case $220,000
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Family Purpose in the 21st Century: Understanding and Fostering Purpose among Families with Extraordinary Responsibilities Claremont Graduate University Kendall Bronk, Tarek el Sehity $1,564,673
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Think You Know the Definition of a Black Hole? Think Again July 12, 2019 Nautilus Nautilus Magazine
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Experiencing Awe May Bridge The Gap Between Science And Religion July 19, 2019 Forbes Fostering Cross-Cultural and Multi-Wave Psychological Research on Religiosity
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Single-world consistent interpretation of quantum mechanics from fundamental time and length uncertainties July 2, 2019 Physical Review A Quantum Reality: Physics and the Human Quest for Sense
The gradual development of the preference for natural environments July 2, 2019 Journal of Environmental Psychology Developing the Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom
Blurring the germline: Genome editing and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance July 2, 2019 Bioethics Putting the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis to the Test 
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Divine, interpersonal and self-forgiveness: Independently related to depressive symptoms? July 7, 2019 The Journal of Positive Psychology Divine Forgiveness: Phase 1
The Hand of God or the Work of the Devil? Spiritual Appraisals and Psychological Adjustment After the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election July 11, 2019 Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Understanding Supernatural Attributions: Types, Predictors, and Consequences