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Why Kindness Heals

Written By James R. Doty, MD

As a physician specializing in neurosurgery at an academic medical center, I appreciate the unhappiness many patients have with the present healthcare delivery system that is rushed, bureaucratic, non-caring and technology-focused. In the U.S. we spend more per capita than any other industrialized country, yet the outcomes are some of the worst in the world, with the highest levels of …


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Real Magic

Written By James R. Doty, MD

The day I noticed my thumb was missing began like any other day the summer before I started eighth grade. I spent my days riding my bicycle around town, even though sometimes it was so hot the metal on my handlebars felt like a stove top. I could always taste the dust in my mouth—gritty and weedy like the rabbit …


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Thinking About Thinking

Written By James R. Doty, MD

“Do you know what a mantra is, Jim?” I shook my head. I didn’t have a clue. “It’s kind of like a song or a sound you make that helps you focus your mind. Just like you’ve been focusing your mind on your breathing or the candle, this is another way to trick your mind.” I looked at her again …


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How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

After working in many high-achieving environments like Yale, Stanford, Silicon Valley, New York City, I noticed too many people pursuing “success” at a cost to themselves. They were postponing their happiness now in pursuit of success…with the idea that, when they attain success, they will be happy. Yet they were burning themselves (and others) out in the process. I too …


CCT Founders and Senior Teachers Offer New Ways to Cultivate Compassion

Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an educational program designed to help improve resilience and build connections with others—ultimately providing an enhanced overall sense of well-being. The founders and senior teachers who developed CCT combined traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research designed to effectively help create a more compassionate life for all participants in the program. CCT has …


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An Interview with the Founder of MIT’s Innovative Transformative Leadership Program – Now to be Offered at Stanford!

Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi, founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT, talks with CCARE about this exciting leadership development program, one of the highest rated programs in innovation and leadership at Sloan School of Management. CCARE is delighted to co-host a special offering of this program for Silicon Valley leaders who deeply believe in leading …


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Dr. James Doty, Founder of CCARE, Releases Book

In Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart, Dr. James Doty, neurosurgeon and professor at Stanford School of Medicine and Director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education has written a moving account – part auto-biographical narrative, part popular psychology – that illuminates the power of compassion …


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Let’s Catalyze Compassion for Nepal

Tragedies like the earthquake in Nepal cause us to engage in soul-searching about life and how we are living, as well as call us to respond with compassion to the intense suffering that we witness. For those of us seeking ways to help, it can be difficult to know how to respond. Research by the CompassionLab shows that leaders and …


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Call for a Temporary Outreach and Program Coordinator

CCARE is pleased to announce a position opening for a Temporary Outreach & Program Coordinator. TO APPLY: Please review the position description below and submit an application online at https://stanfordmedicine.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_51oEgmR2YvDpvNP no later than Wednesday April 22, 2015. QUESTIONS: Please contact CCARE by email at ccare_info@stanford.edu and put “Temporary Outreach & Program Coordinator” in the subject line of your email.   …


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Extended Deadline: Call for Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship Proposals

Call for Proposals: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Stanford University School of Medicine seeks an applied science researcher to focus on conducting research related to compassion and healthcare. The ideal researcher will focus on patient care outcomes as they are impacted by the expression of compassion in the healthcare setting. Additional research related …


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The Healing Power of Kindness

We’ve all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile? An extensive scientific literature review sponsored by Dignity Health and conducted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal. We now know that …


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Call for Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship Proposals

Call for Proposals: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Stanford University School of Medicine seeks an applied science researcher to focus on conducting research related to compassion and healthcare. The ideal researcher will focus on patient care outcomes as they are impacted by the expression of compassion in the healthcare setting. Additional research related …


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Call for Temporary Administrative Assistant

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University’s School of Medicine invites you to apply for the Administrative Assistant position. It is full-time (40/hrs week), and has the potential to run up to one year. Benefits are not included. There is potential for a full-time benefited position to become available. Please see below for further details. Application …


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Call for a Temporary Research & Outreach Associate and a Temporary Outreach & Program Coordinator

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University’s School of Medicine invites you to apply for one of two temporary positions: Research & Outreach Associate or Outreach & Program Coordinator . Both assignments are full-time (40/hrs week), and have the potential to run up to one year. Benefits are not included. There is potential for a full-time benefited …


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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals: The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine in collaboration with Dignity Health invites MD, MPH or PhD level scientists to apply for the Dignity Health-CCARE Fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to empirically evaluate the impact of kindness and compassion on healthcare outcomes and/or healthcare settings. Position Details: …


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Compassion Week 2014

Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, The Tenzin Gyatso Institute and The Charter for Compassion partner to host San Francisco Compassion Week Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, Inc. (TGI) and The Charter for Compassion will host “Compassion Week” in San Francisco from November 10 – 16, 2014 …


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The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Many of us believe being self-critical and hard on ourselves is a good thing. We mistakenly think that being competitive and pushing ourselves hard is required for success. Research, however, is proving these theories wrong. Most of us don’t stop to consider whether our self-critical and competitive attitude are helping us achieve our goals. We don’t realize that they are …


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Connectedness & Health: The Science of Social Connection

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being. We all think we know how to take good are of ourselves: eat your veggies, work out and try to get enough sleep. But how many of us know that social connection is just as critical? One landmark study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to …


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Amplifiers and Inhibitors of Compassion in Organizations

Written by Monica Worline, Ph.D. CompassionLab’s Monica Worline, Ph.D., presented a summary of CompassionLab to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a dialogue devoted to the topic of compassion and ethics in business, co-hosted by Santa Clara University and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education on Feb. 24, 2014. In his remarks, His Holiness commented that it is part of the human project …


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Elevation Mapping: Pro-Social Compassion Maps

Written By Dr. Daniel Martin

A few years back, I was having a conversation with a brilliant Stanford student about crime maps. He suggested that a really cool use of mapping technology would be to map compassion. I thought to myself, that is a crazy idea, how would we do that? I shrugged it off and tried not to think about this issue, but it …


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Business, Ethics, & Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama

Stanford, CA – January 17, 2014 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Santa Clara University campus on Feb. 24, 2014 for a morning event titled “Business, Ethics, & Compassion: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.” The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and the Markkula Center for Applied …


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Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science

Tania Singer of the Max Planck Institute has spearheaded a fantastic new resource for compassion enthusiasts. Compassion researchers and trainers have comp together and produced a free e-book compiling great information on  compassion science and education. Some of our CCARE instructors and affiliated scientists have written chapters. You can find all of the materials here, enjoy! “In July 2011, I …


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Receiving and Giving: Perspectives on Philanthropy

Written By James R. Doty, MD

I recently watched Dan Palotta’s TEDTalk and later spoke with him on a conference call related to a new compassion initiative of which I am a part. His talk reminded me of a number of my own experiences and the unique perspective as an entrepreneur who made (and lost) millions, who has given away close to thirty million dollars to charity and …


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Stanford University Compassion & Technology Conference

Stanford center holds technology innovation competition and conference to promote public compassionate action. Scientists, engineers and social entrepreneurs to convene at Stanford University for discussion and contest on technology designed to enhance compassion. Stanford, CA – Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) is holding an inaugural Compassion and Technology conference on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 that will include talks …