Why We Practice Compassion?

by bonanza on November 10, 2017

Scientific research into the measurable benefits of compassion is young. Preliminary findings suggest, however, that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, and relationships. Many scientists believe that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species, and they’re finding that its advantages can be increased through targeted exercises and practice. Here are some of the most exciting findings from this research so far.

  • Showing compassion activates pleasure circuits in the brain   
  • Being kind and loving to others can reduce the risk of heart disease
  • Studies have shown that people who are Compassionate become more resistant to stress
  • Practicing compassion can improve our mental health
  • Compassionate people are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others
  • Compassion helps make better parents
  • When someone sets the goal of compassion in a friendship both people have greater satisfaction and growth in the relationship
  • medical students who train in compassion feel less depressed and lonely, and avoid the typical declines in compassion 

Read the entire article here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/compassion/definition#why-practice

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What Is Compassion?

by bonanza on November 9, 2017

Have you ever felt true compassion, where it actually makes you feel good inside?

Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.

While cynics may dismiss compassion as touchy-feely or irrational, scientists have started to map the biological basis of compassion, suggesting its deep evolutionary purpose. This research has shown that when we feel compassion, our heart rate slows down, we secrete the “bonding hormone” oxytocin, and regions of the brain linked to empathy, caregiving, and feelings of pleasure light up, which often results in our wanting to approach and care for other people.

Read entire article here:   https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/compassion/definition

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The Top Life Regret Of Dying Hospital Patients

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By James Clear   Bronnie Ware is a nurse in Australia. She has spent more than a decade counseling dying people. Over that time span, she began recording the top regrets that people have on their death bed. After 12 years, she concluded that the most common regret of all was this: “I wish I’d had […]

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Be A Warrior Not A Worrier

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Are you an excessive worrier? Perhaps you unconsciously think that if you “worry enough,” you can prevent bad things from happening. But the fact is, worrying can affect the body in ways that may surprise you. When worrying becomes excessive, it can lead to feelings of high anxiety and even cause you to be physically ill. Chronic worrying can […]

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A Daily Mindful Walking Practice

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Article by By Mark Bertin  Before you begin your meditation, find a quiet space to walk. It could be outdoors, or in a hallway, or even a large room, walking back and forth. Walking meditation can be a formal practice, like watching the breath. Or it can be informal, bringing awareness to this everyday activity, whenever you […]

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The Daily Gratitude Habit

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I have a simple gratitude habit that I have been following nearly every day for three years. I want to share it with you here. First, let me set the stage. The Minor Tragedy The other day I ordered takeout from one of my favorite Indian restaurants for dinner. My family had a tight timeline […]

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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

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In 1965, a young man named Tom graduated from college with a degree in English. Soon after, Tom took a job with an insurance company in Connecticut. After working there for seven years, he transitioned to a new role in the industry and started working for an insurance agency. He worked at that insurance agency […]

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What Gandhi Wants You to Know About the Power of Positive Thinking

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Article by Mary Manin Morrissey Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” What does this mean? How does it embody the power of positive thinking… and how does it instruct us on finding happiness? We think, we speak words, and we take […]

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What I Learned as a Horseback Rider with an Anxiety Disorder

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Article by Victoria Shields I think that one of the reasons I have always loved horses is because I can relate to them so well. They’re flighty, over-reactive and always alert. As someone with an anxiety disorder, I can understand the urge to run first and ask questions later. Reconciling the anxiety and fear I […]

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HOW I CAME BACK FROM PARALYZING SOCIAL ANXIETY TO LEAD A HEALTHY, HAPPY LIFE

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Article by Dan Stelter FINALLY, AFTER YEARS OF TORMENTING MYSELF, BREAKTHROUGH! I tried and tried and tried and tried and tried and tried to break the cycle of anxiety and addiction. Up to now, this story sounds pretty disheartening. Everything that could go wrong did. Life for me was numerous negative events interrupted by occasional […]

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