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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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Can Meditation Promote Altruism?

Written by Hooria Jazaieri   Mindfulness, or the moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, and environment, has been associated with a host of benefits, including reduced stress, greater positive emotions, and a healthier body image. Recently, however, research has begun to explore how practicing mindfulness might improve the ways we treat other people. A recent study, published in the journal Mindfulness, zeroes in on …


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Why We Give to Neighbors, Not Strangers

Written by Hooria Jazaieri   Why is it easier to love thy neighbor rather than to love thy stranger? In an ideal world, we would distribute our kindness and compassion to all beings, without preference. However, a great deal of research suggests that this is not the case—and a recent study from Stanford University suggests that, ironically, positive emotions may play a …


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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 (CCARE), the Tenzin Gyatso Institute, Inc. (TGI) The Charter for Compassion, and Dignity Health are proud to sponsor “Compassion Week” in San Francisco from November 10 – 16, 2014.  This will include the 2nd Science of Compassion conference, the inaugural conference on Compassion & Healthcare, the 3rd Empathy and Compassion in …


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The Scientific Benefits of Self-Compassion INFOGRAPHIC

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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Recruitment, Pre-employment Selection and Compassion

Written By Dr. Daniel Martin

How many employees are scared at work? Is it fear of interacting with your boss, the new guy who may replace you, or dreading being laid off as a wonderfully nice but economically redundant employee? There are plenty of daily workplace interpersonal interactions that contribute to stress, the largest area of workers compensation claims, but an area that is not …


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Elevation Mapping: Pro-Social Compassion Maps

Written By Dr. Daniel Martin

Written by Daniel Martin, Ph.D. 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 …


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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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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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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

The scientific benefits of compassion for health and happiness summarized in an info graphic to keep  you inspired! Happy Holidays! In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion! We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we …


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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!         …


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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 …


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5 Ways to Do Good and Feel Good: Fast, Free, and From Your Desk

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Compassion, in addition to making an incredible difference to those around you, is also one of the greatest secrets to health and happiness (as I described in this post). We know that helping others makes us feel good, but sometimes it feels like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to engage in any kind of altruism. There is so much to do, …


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What makes a hero: The surprising science of selflessness

What Makes a Hero: The Surprising Science of Selflessness by Elizabeth Svoboda highlights much of the scientific research and education conducted by CCARE. The book discusses the intersecting influences of biology, upbringing and external influences to produce altruistic and heroic behavior, and how to encourage this behavior in corporations, classrooms and individuals. Purchase on Amazon.com here.  


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Are women really more compassionate?

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Yesterday, journalists at Huffington Post Live asked me to comment on whether women are more compassionate than men. Scientists in general tend to cringe at any strong black-and-white statements of this kind since we know there is no data to support such strong claims. If you ask a neuroscientist to distinguish a male from a female brain, for example, s/he would have a …


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Asian Students, Plagiarism Stereotypes and Compassion

Written By Dr. Daniel Martin

A few years ago, I had an interesting interaction with a colleague. She described the lay of the academic terrain in the following manner: “Asian students are more likely to plagiarize than White students.” When asked why, my colleague explained that this was a basic truism of academia, based on her many years of experience. This was an issue that …


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Compassion: Our First Instinct

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Decades of clinical research has focused and shed light on the psychology of human suffering. That suffering, as unpleasant as it is, often also has a bright side to which research has paid less attention: compassion. Human suffering is often accompanied by beautiful acts of compassion by others wishing to help relieve it. What led 26.5 percent of Americans to …


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On Grudges and Forgiveness

Written By Jayanth Narayanan, PhD One of the most difficult things to do when we feel wronged upon is to forgive those who have inflicted harm on us. Great leaders are able to channel such anger to bring about social change. In fact the very reason why some leaders are thought of to be great is because of their capacity …


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The Best Kept Secret to Longevity: Love

Written By Dr. Emma Seppala

Look younger! Feel more vibrant! Boost your stamina! Live Longer! Those are the promises made to us by marketing gurus about countless products from facial creams to dietary supplements, from the latest diet trend to the newest fitness fad. Psychological research, however, points us to a far greater (and less expensive!) secret to longevity. It is one that is often overlooked in our efforts …