Compassion, empathy and kindness

Compassionate behavior strengthens brain circuits for pleasure and reward[1]. It increases happiness and self-esteem[2]. It reduces risk of heart disease[3] and speeds up recovery from disease[5]. Compassionate people become less vulnerable to loneliness which cause stress and harm the immune system[4]. Compassion may even lengthen our lifespan[6].

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I spend time with people in need.
I do not react with anger when someone mistreats me.
I often help other people without expecting anything in return.
I always see others as whole persons.
I treat others as I would want to be treated.
I don't talk with a snappy tone when I am hungry, irritated etc.
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      Research
      • [1] Klimecki, O. M., Leiberg, S., Lamm, C., & Singer, T. (2013). Functional neural plasticity and associated changes in positive affect after compassion training. Cerebral Cortex, 23(7), 1552-1561. View
      • [2] Mongrain, M, Chin, J, Shapira, LB (2010) Practicing compassion increases happiness and self-esteem. Journal of Happiness Studies 12: pp. 963-981. View
      • [3] Kok, B. E., & Fredrickson, B. L. (2010). Upward spirals of the heart: Autonomic flexibility, as indexed by vagal tone, reciprocally and prospectively predicts positive emotions and social connectedness. Biological Psychology, 85(3), 432-436. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2010.09.005. View
      • [4] The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions - Steve Cole, Ph.D. YouTube. View
      • [5] Diener, E., & Seligman, M. E. P. (2004). Beyond money: Toward an economy of well-being.Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 5, 1–31.
      • [6] Motives for volunteering are associated with mortality risk in older adults. Konrath, Sara; Fuhrel-Forbis, Andrea; Lou, Alina; Brown, Stephanie. Health Psychology, Vol 31(1), Jan 2012, 87-96. View
      • [7] Sherlyn Jimenez, see article on Compassion, The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, Volume I, Editor: Shane Lopez, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 978-1-4051-6125-1
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