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#Compassion

Does Religion Promote Violence?

Derek Flood | Posted 11.16.2013 | Religion
Derek Flood

Does religion make you a better person, or does it in fact do the opposite, and instead foster hate, fear, and violence? One does not have to look far to find examples of violence done at the hands of religious power, but is religion itself really to blame?

Yes! Ricky Gervais IS Jesus! (Almost)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

It's a brave man and even braver actor and comedian, who will bring us Jesus' message without irony or a snigger. Gervais proves it's possible to laugh and cry at the same time.

4 Life Lessons To Teach Your Kids

Polly Campbell | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

If you show up, do your best and be who you are -- I promise you, it will be enough. You have all that you need to recover when your feelings are hurt, you have all the talent and imagination and intelligence you need to make a positive contribution -- you already do it every day.

Compassion as a Moral Force

David DeSteno | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
David DeSteno

The more frequently any of us feels compassion in our daily lives, the more it prevents escalations of violence as a method to deal with the immoral actions of others. Of most import, it doesn't even matter toward whom we feel that compassion.

Some Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We've asked these men and women not only to put themselves in harm's way, but to open their most private, vulnerable selves to actions and images that scar. No wonder the transition back is so difficult for many of them. Try to imagine the disconnect.

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 4

Carol Simone | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

Keep asking yourself, "What am I afraid of?" and, "What will happen if I move forward with these invocations?" Think back to what you learned as a child, what you saw in your family dynamics, what you were taught in school, in church, in your relationships.

Doctor, How Do You Feel?

Nandita Mani | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Nandita Mani

In these formative years, students are like sponges, constantly absorbing clues from their superiors on how medicine should be practiced. Can we really expect medical students to retain their empathy if we don't show them how?

7 Ways To Find Inner (And Real) Happiness

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 11.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Every time we see a giggling baby or young child we're reminded that we are all born with this natural and innate sense of happiness, that it is actually our birthright. We learn about suffering or unhappiness as we grow older, more externalized, and as circumstances change.

How to Immediately Improve Your Life (Hint: It Starts With Improving the Lives of Others)

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. As Mary told us, empathy is a two-way street and is best nurtured by example. Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment.

Share Your Problems With Me

Lauren Kahn | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Kahn

Just because someone is struggling with new and potentially overwhelming challenges doesn't mean the tenor of your relationship with your friend has to change. Allowing her to continue being that friend can be its own form of compassion.

Is There A Downside To Empathy?

Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living

By Adam Hoffman Empathy can be painful. Or so suggests a growing body of neuroscientific research. When we witness suffering and distress ...

On Being In The Moment

Kripalu | Posted 11.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Kripalu

Our survival instinct -- fight, flight, or freeze -- doesn't naturally create space for mercy and compassion in day-to-day living. The ego, encapsulated in the Buddhist notion Noah describes, gets agitated by the open heart that is necessary for forgiveness.

The Number You Can Always Trust

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Steven Crandell

Next time you hear an amazing statistic, listen to your intuition and start asking questions about how the number was generated and what part of human experience was left out of the equation.

Letting the Blues Back Into Our Life: Opening Ears and Hearts to Save Lives

Skip Shuda | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Skip Shuda

Demonstrating compassion doesn't always save lives as dramatically as it did in Antoinette Tuff's case, but the potential is real

365 Invocations to Create an Extraordinary Life, Week 2

Carol Simone | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Carol Simone

So if your intention is to make this invocation process happen you have to be vigilant in listening to your thoughts, breathing in the positive ones, and letting go of the negatives ones as fast as possible.

Tragedy Stopped by Unconditional Love

Sean Meshorer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Sean Meshorer

Given our societal tendency to want to solve violence by ramping up our own violence in response, Tuff's authentic heroism reminds us that the best, lasting solutions to our challenges is by meeting violence and hatred with kindness, compassion, and unconditional love.

Back to School, Pull the Weeds

Rose Tafoya | Posted 10.26.2013 | Fifty
Rose Tafoya

My daughter is going back to her third year of college and that back to school sign has a whole new meaning for me. It is my time to go back to school.

Wheelchair Wisdom: Follow The Flow Of Loving

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

How might we be blocking the kind of cooperation that would bring those to us? Attitude is one big factor. When we are in a state of cooperation, our attitude is one of joy. If we are asked to do something, we do it -- and then some.

Compassion Can Change the World: Profile of a Young Woman Who Got a Second Chance

Kavita Mehra | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Kavita Mehra

Kayla's compassion towards the elderly and commitment to service set her apart as a young leader and now, because of it, she now has a shot at attending college. Got to love second chances.

Morari Bapu: The Path of Light in a Time of Darkness

Marissa Bronfman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Marissa Bronfman

In these turbulent times, waking up day after day to news of war and strife, death, despair and disaster - not a corner of the globe untouched - it is more important yet harder than ever to find a sense of peace within.

Loving Strangers Like Babies

Shawna Kaszer | Posted 10.19.2013 | Religion
Shawna Kaszer

Why don't I coo at these grown adults with the same unfailing love I have for babies? Shouldn't I love them the exact same way?

Back To School: What If Your Child Is a Victim of Bullying?

Merel Bakker | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Merel Bakker

School bullying statistics in the United States show that about one in four kids in the U.S. are bullied on a regular basis. For these kids, the thought of soon going back to school, won't bring about happy and cheering faces.

Does It Ever Pay To Be Angry?

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

How do we deal with this intruder, this thief in the night that steals our sanity? How do we let anger know that this is not the way we want to live, that enough is enough?

Look Into Others to Find Yourself

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.09.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

I have a lot of opinions about whether or not I'm a good person, but when I pay attention to my own behavior, my own actions, I see how far I've come and how far I still have to go along the path.

Compassion and Business: LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner Speaks Up

Soren Gordhamer | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Soren Gordhamer

It is one thing to hear the importance of compassion expressed from people like the Dalai Lama and other religious leaders, but it is often seen by business people as a nice extra, and not necessarily core to their lives.