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Our Brains Are Hardwired For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Our culture is often portrayed as greedy. We supposedly want money, power and fame, but at the same time, it's in our nature to care deeply for others...

When Being Wrong Is Right

Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW | Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Bloom LCSW and Charlie Bloom MSW

When people hurt or frighten us and the differences between us erupt in anger, we have an opportunity to practice and strengthen these qualities.

Why We Need To Reassess Our Notion Of Charity

The Philosophers' Mail | Posted 06.23.2014 | World

It is one of the seven virtues of Christianity. It used to have a central place in Roman ethics and Judaism as well. Today, we remain deeply impressed...

This Will Help You Capture The Spring Spirit

Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

I Recommend You Suffer Through This One

Dirk Hughes | Posted 04.11.2014 | Religion
Dirk Hughes

We Westerners often think this is bullshit, that suffering can be neutralized by success. We think that if we can just acquire enough -- things, money, blessings, self-improvement techniques, meditation books -- we can defeat suffering in this life. Well, we're wrong.

Feel Sorry for Me: I Use Facebook

Michael L. Berman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Michael L. Berman

Hidden among all of those Facebook posts of dogs, cats and kids -- which are really only important to their owners -- are the ever-increasing 'feel sorry for me' posts. These often contain messages designed to attract a bevy of comments.

The Evolution of a New Years Resolution

Adam Resnick | Posted 03.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Adam Resnick

It has been a week since the ball dropped and the world rang in 2014. It probably seems a lot longer for those of us who made our new years' resoluti...

The Only 2014 Resolution You'll Need... the One That Changes Everything

Steve McSwain | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve McSwain

William "Bill" Butler and Dr. Steve McSwain This is the season for New Year's resolutions. Actually, however, there is only one resolution you...

WATCH: Why Empathy Is More Powerful Than Sympathy

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 12.12.2013 | Healthy Living

When we are faced with tough conversations, we have a tendency to take the easy way out -- a way that avoids revealing our own vulnerabilities, and ul...

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.

The Case Against the Case Against Empathy

Michael Zakaras | Posted 07.16.2013 | World
Michael Zakaras

In our efforts to solve difficult social problems in particular, we rely too heavily on reason and numbers and econometrics, and not often enough on empathy. And by empathy I don't just mean our emotions, and I certainly don't mean feeling sorry -- that's sympathy.

Why Empathy Precedes Compassion

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindy Wigglesworth

Empathy minus the feeling of being overwhelmed moves us in the direction of compassion. It enables us to be a loving force for good in the world.

Who Are The Most Empathetic People On Earth?

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.31.2013 | Fifty

A University of Michigan study of more than 75,000 people found that middle-aged women were more empathetic than men of the same age or younger or old...

Sympathy's Surprising Downside Revealed By New Research

| Posted 06.11.2012 | Science

By Jamil Zaki In 2007 a Palestinian youth named Tareq attended an unusual summer camp. Organized by the foundation Seeds of Peace, the camp is des...

The Science of Compassion

James R. Doty, M.D. | Posted 08.07.2012 | Science
James R. Doty, M.D.

As human beings, we will inevitably encounter suffering at some point in our lives. However, we also have evolved very specific social mechanisms to relieve that pain: altruism and compassion.

How To Get Hooked on Positive Thinking

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 11.28.2011 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

Gratitude helps you deal with difficult situations, and sympathy helps you deal with difficult people. They're not hard core, but once you experience little highs, you often find yourself craving something bigger.

Friendship and Loss: When the loved one who dies is a friend

Dr. Irene S. Levine | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Irene S. Levine

QUESTION Dear Dr. Levine, My dearest best friend of 35 years died in March. She had Alzheimer's disease, so it had been several years since I was a...

How to Express Sympathy

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

I recently asked Lisa Riggin, a senior writer for Hallmark, to answer some questions about her work and discuss that human connection we strive to make in trying times.

'Empathic Civilization': Why Empathy Is Essential For Doctors And In Conflict Resolution

Jodi Halpern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jodi Halpern

When empathy is guided by a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, it offers enormous promise for helping us build global cooperation.

This Whole Leno/Conan Thing Makes No Sense

Sean Carman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Sean Carman

I've just read Conan O'Brien's letter about the Tonight Show mess, and I think he has a point. The implication is that there is only one Tonight Show, and NBC should just decide who will host it. That sounds right.

A Jew's Prayer for the Children of Gaza

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Bradley Burston

In this day, when the trepidation and rage and mourning that is called war, seizes our hearts and patches them in scars, we call to you, the Lord whose name is Peace.

The Economy, 2009: Brother Can You Spare A Dime?

Barry Michael Cooper | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barry Michael Cooper

Some woke up into this New Year with a square of sidewalk for a pillow and a cardboard box for a comforter. It used to be a few paychecks away from me. Now, I'm only a few weeks ahead of it.