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Compassion Research

If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become ...

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.

STUDY: Why It Pays To Keep Compassion 'On'

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 05.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

We sometimes avoid compassion for self-interested reasons. Yet this study suggests that turning off compassion might work against self-interest by undercutting two things that we hold dear: our moral self and our moral standards.

Compassion and Business?

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 05.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

We all have been held by a powerful relationship in our lives at one time or another, and those of us fortunate enough to experience that relational power in a business setting have usually seen the results that were delivered to be beyond what would have otherwise been possible.

When Mindfulness Meets Compassion: Close Encounters in Contemplative Science

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

As an exploding body of clinical research confirms that mindfulness helps reduce stress and promote healing, learning and neuroplasticity, a parallel line of study on the practice of loving-kindness has begun to converge with exciting new research on positive emotions and the brain.

Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How To Have Compassion

Roshi Joan Halifax | Posted 11.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Roshi Joan Halifax

My hope is that the G.R.A.C.E. model will help you to actualize compassion in your own life and that the impact of this will ripple out to benefit the people with whom you interact each day as well as countless others.

Lessons In Slowing Down: Can We Really Waste Time?

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

When did it become acceptable in America to treat helping strangers as "wasted time"? Everyone in the world agrees -- they should, anyway -- that time is our most precious commodity. But peoples' definitions of "wasted" are another great cultural divider.

Compassion Everywhere: A Story Of Kindness, Behind Bars

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

If someone who has committed a crime so severe as to warrant jail time can develop compassion, wisdom, and a spirit of service, there is little doubt that we who walk free can do so too.

Brooklynites, Bike Accidents And The Science of Compassion

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 10.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

What's critical to compassion is that it unites this understanding of others' distress with the motivation to alleviate that distress. Helping behavior further requires the cognitive and behavioral resources to act on that motivation.

The Science Of Choosing Compassion

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Think about compassion like a radio dial. We can tune our compassion up or down, but where the dial lands will depend on our concerns about being overwhelmed and on how well we can control our emotions.

Putting Compassion To Work At Work

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 09.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

My task was to teach them how to become more compassionate using an accessible program of exercises. First, however, I had to convince them that it was worth their precious time to learn how to stop, settle the mind, and open the heart.

Compassion In The Workplace

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 09.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Project Compassion Stanford

Compassion covers a broad range of emotional and behavioral constructs. We see compassion in the workplace daily, whether through helping a manager finish a task after hours, giving a new employee help, or offering banked sick time.

Compassion: An Increasing Global Movement

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

It seems that a continued and intentional practice of compassion can not only change our lives individually, but the ripple effect can be significant.