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A New Understanding of the Power of Compassion

A New Understanding of the Power of Compassion

Written by Rylie Ortiz. Compassion is not always championed as relevant currency in today’s secular society, where material success and achievement often rule ahead of human virtues and social consciousness. Compassion has long been a central tenet in many major spiritual traditions, espoused as a powerful virtue by thought leaders including Jesus, Ghandi, Mother Theresa, and the Dalai Lama. Only recently has …

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This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Help Us Save The Environment

This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Help Us Save The Environment

Written by Carolyn Gregoire. Matthieu Ricard has lived many lives. As a young student in Paris during the late 1960s, he was writing his dissertation in biochemistry at the prestigious Institute Pasteur. Five years later, guided by an inner stirring to explore a deeper side of life, he was living Darjeeling, India, where he had moved to study under a …

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A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama — Global Compassion Education

A Birthday Gift for the Dalai Lama — Global Compassion Education

Written by Emily Hine. The Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday Wish Is That We All Live #WithCompassion. While I love his wish, I say let’s take it a step further: Let’s give His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, the gift of global compassion education by mainstreaming compassion training in schools, communities and businesses around the world. From my experience, we are much …

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Bringing Compassion to Everyday Life with Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

Bringing Compassion to Everyday Life with Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT)

Written by Leah Weiss. Many of us are called to make the world a better place, but it isn’t necessarily clear where to start. We want to respond to the big and small suffering in our communities and the larger world but it isn’t straightforward how to do this in a way that is both sustainable for ourselves and objectively …

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Stressing out? Good for you!

Stressing out? Good for you!

Written by Angela Hill. Kelly McGonigal nearly succumbed to the stress of grad school, had she not begun to dance with it instead. The tango, actually. It was 2000, and she’d just finished her first grueling year at Stanford. She’d aced her courses but felt overwhelmed and socially isolated. She was alarmed at the rate her fellow first-years were dropping …

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Anger: The most evil emotion or a natural impulse?

Anger: The most evil emotion or a natural impulse?

Written by Becky Bach. Anger isn’t good for your health. It spikes your heart rate, exacerbating heart conditions and anxiety. It leaves an ugly residue, a sensation of unease and aggression and it can lead to violence against others or oneself. But in the west, we have an uneasy relationship with this powerful emotion, said Owen Flanagan, PhD, co-director of the …

Stanford Medicine

Compassion is a wise and effective managerial strategy, Stanford expert says

Compassion is a wise and effective managerial strategy, Stanford expert says

Written by Clifton B. Parker. Compassion is a better managerial approach than toughness in today’s workplace, writes a Stanford psychologist in a new article. In fact, trying to make employees fearful and punish them for mistakes is typically counterproductive to the organization, says Emma Seppala, associate director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. “The more compassionate response …

Stanford News

6 Questions For Lloyd Dean ‒ President And CEO Of Dignity Health

6 Questions For Lloyd Dean ‒ President And CEO Of Dignity Health

Written by Dan Munro. The bio for Lloyd Dean on the Dignity Health website is fairly standard and  relatively austere. Mr. Dean is the president/CEO of Dignity Health. With over 20 years in health care operations and leadership experience, Mr. Dean is responsible for overall management, strategy and direction of Dignity Health’s hospitals, ancillary services, home health care and medical …

Forbes

Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Why Compassion Is a Better Managerial Tactic than Toughness

Written by Emma Seppala. Stanford University neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty tells the story of performing surgery on a little boy’s brain tumor. In the middle of the procedure, the resident who is assisting him gets distracted and accidentally pierces a vein. With blood shedding everywhere, Doty is no longer able to see the delicate brain area he is working on. The boy’s life is …

Harvard Business Review

Dr. James R. Doty: What Is a Life of Meaning?

Dr. James R. Doty: What Is a Life of Meaning?

Written by Nicolae Tanase. Nicolae Tanase: Dr. Doty, what is the meaning of life? James R. Doty: I will rephrase the question to ask what is a life of meaning? At the end of our days, one wishes that what we have done in our lives will live on beyond our existence, that our actions in sum will have benefitted …

Excellence Reporter

From suffering to compassion: Meditation teacher-author Sharon Salzberg shares her story

From suffering to compassion: Meditation teacher-author Sharon Salzberg shares her story

Written by Becky Bach. Mediatation master and author Sharon Salzberg showed her recent Stanford audience that she could field even the toughest questions about the nature of compassion. “What about the beheadings in the Middle East?” one audience member called out. Is it really possible to feel compassion for the perpetrators? “It’s not easy,” Salzberg admitted. “But I also think …

Stanford Medicine

Compassion meditation reduces ‘mind-wandering,’ Stanford research shows

Compassion meditation reduces ‘mind-wandering,’ Stanford research shows

Written by Clifton B. Parker. The practice of compassion meditation may be a powerful antidote to a drifting mind, new Stanford research shows. Compassion meditation focuses on benevolent thoughts toward oneself and others, as the researchers noted. It is different in this aspect than most forms of meditation in the sense that participants are “guided” toward compassionate thoughts. The research …

Stanford News

Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

Changing the world and ourselves through compassion

Written by Jill Stark. Be kind and you will be well. It has been the cornerstone of Eastern philosophy for centuries. But what if recognising our shared humanity was more than just a sentimental ideal? What if consciously practising kindness could change the wiring of your brain and make you live longer? “Practicing compassion with intention has a positive physiological …

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The Definitive Case for Being a More Compassionate Boss

The Definitive Case for Being a More Compassionate Boss

Written by Lisa Evans. During a late-night TV binge, I landed on Hell’s Kitchen. Watching celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay spit out fiery insults at his apprentice chefs—a tactic he justified as helping them to improve their skills in the kitchen—I laughed at the absurdity of his comments. Then I was struck by a terrifying thought. Is this really how some …

Fast Company

The Power of Breath in Post-War Healing

The Power of Breath in Post-War Healing

Written by Kristine Crane. Breathing is the first and last thing we do in life, but most of us take the breath for granted – unless we are scared, angry or winded. Some veterans throughout the country are using their breath to overcome wartime trauma. For many, the breath gives back what years of medication alone have not been able …

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Rx for better health care: Kindness and compassion

Rx for better health care: Kindness and compassion

Written by Kathleen Doheny. (HealthDay News) — Want to give health care a boost? Try a little kindness, experts say. Various studies suggest that when health care workers approach patients with compassion, patients often heal faster, have less pain and anxiety, and even bounce back faster from common colds. “When health care is delivered with kindness and compassion, it has a …

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Compassion Is Often the Best Medicine: Stanford Study

Compassion Is Often the Best Medicine: Stanford Study

Want to give healthcare a boost? Try a little kindness, experts say. Various studies suggest that when health care workers approach patients with compassion, patients often heal faster, have less pain and anxiety, and even bounce back faster from common colds. “When healthcare is delivered with kindness and compassion, it has a significantly greater effect than when it is given …

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Contemplative Studies Grow At Brown University — And Beyond

Contemplative Studies Grow At Brown University — And Beyond

Written by Jaweed Kaleem. Three times last week, between classes in neuropharmacology, neural systems and journalism, Brown University junior Henry Langton changed into sweatpants, sat with dozens of classmates on cushions in a campus dance studio and meditated on his breath and his body for 25 uninterrupted minutes. One day, the focus was bamboo breathing, a Zen breath control technique. …

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It’s Time to Confront Our Compassion Phobia

It’s Time to Confront Our Compassion Phobia

Written By Andy Fraser When I was first invited to take part in Compassion Week, I had a bit of a reaction. It’s not that I didn’t want to get involved in next week’s events in San Francisco – it’s just that I have a problem with the word compassion. Maybe it’s a guy thing, but compassion has always sounded a little too …

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A Recipe for Air Rage

A Recipe for Air Rage

Written by Stephanie Rosenbloom Why do some travelers squabble about overhead bin space? Or feud over an armrest? Why, when a passenger reclines his seat, does another respond with rage befitting the pages of “Lord of the Flies”? What makes rational travelers like you and me suddenly explode? Some factors are environmental (packed planes, teeming gates); others are internal (stress, …

The New York Times

5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

5 Habits of Highly Compassionate Men

Written by Kozo Hattori I remember being a very compassionate child. While watching “The Little House on the Prairie,” I cried my eyes out when Laura couldn’t give Pa a Christmas gift. But 12 years of physical abuse and being forced to the confines of the “act-like-a-man box” wrung most of that compassion out of me by the time I reached …

AlterNet

Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma

Stanford scholar helps veterans recover from war trauma

Written by Clifton B. Parker Breathing meditation is a powerful ally for military veterans recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Stanford research recently published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress. For several years, Emma Seppala, associate director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and lead author of the article, has been studying the effects of breathing-based meditation practices on veterans …

Stanford News

Top 5 Ideas for Celebrating International Friendship Day

Top 5 Ideas for Celebrating International Friendship Day

Written by Kellie Edwards Wednesday, July 30 is International Friendship Day. I can’t resist a good list or an excuse to celebrate. So I was curious: Based on mindfulness and the psychology of flourishing, what would be my top five ideas for celebrating friendship? We all have so much to gain if we take a few moments out of our …

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Q&A: Emma Seppälä on the Power of Compassion

Q&A: Emma Seppälä on the Power of Compassion

Written by Emma Wheaton Our connected world means we are increasingly aware of the tragedies and sufferings of others – whether it is the effects of war thousands of kilometres away or the struggles of someone closer to home. That empathy we feel toward others and the desire to help them is known as compassion. Powerful perspective The Australian Unity Wellbeing …

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Cool Under Pressure

Cool Under Pressure

Written by Laura McKelvie You’re at the service line, trying to focus. It’s late in the last set, and your team is down by one. If you miss this serve, the other team will win. … So, how do you get better at concentrating? It’s All in the Mind Luckily, concentration functions much like the muscles in the body. You …

Volleyball Magazine

Compassion as a Biological Imperative

Compassion as a Biological Imperative

Written by Amy Busek If you ever find yourself in a conversation with Dr. James Doty, a pioneering neurosurgeon who revolutionized the idea that empathy and compassion are biological traits, don’t offer up Darwinian logic as a counter-argument. “A lot of people quote Darwin, saying, ‘Survival of the fittest,’” he said. “But that quote is not from Darwin. It’s from …

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Compassion Week 2014

Compassion Week 2014

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 2014 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 Society conference, …

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Scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit

Scientists tie social behavior to activity in specific brain circuit

Written by Bruce Goldman A team of Stanford University investigators has linked a particular brain circuit to mammals’ tendency to interact socially. Stimulating this circuit — one among millions in the brain — instantly increases a mouse’s appetite for getting to know a strange mouse, while inhibiting it shuts down its drive to socialize with the stranger. The new findings, …

Stanford Medicine News

Americans experience special session on spirituality at Stanford University session

Americans experience special session on spirituality at Stanford University session

Written by NDT Bureau The United States saw a special session on spirituality when world-renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi interacted with leading neurosurgeon-philanthropist Dr. James Doty, the founder and director of the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE), at Stanford University here. “For me, compassion is the most important factor in our lives,” said …

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10% happier? Count me in!

10% happier? Count me in!

Written by Paul Costello Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier – How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works (whew, now that’s a mouthful) acknowledges that he’s not a new-agey spiritual kind of guy who you’d naturally find wandering in the tranquil waters of meditation. And across the …

Stanford Medicine

Amma highlights value of compassion at Stanford University session

Amma highlights value of compassion at Stanford University session

New Delhi: The United States saw a special session on spirituality when world-renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi interacted with leading neurosurgeon-philanthropist Dr. James Doty, the founder and director of the Center for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education (CCARE), at Stanford University here.   “For me, compassion is the most important factor in our lives,” said Amma …

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India’s ‘hugging saint’ shares her life experiences and insights as a spiritual leader

India’s ‘hugging saint’ shares her life experiences and insights as a spiritual leader

Written by Jenna Shapiro Have you ever waited over an hour in line for a hug? Mata Amritanandamayi, better known as “Amma” (or “Mother”), has devoted her life to embracing the masses through her global charities known as “Embracing the World” and her magnetic message of love and compassion. To be more specific, Amma has physically hugged more than 33 …

Stanford Daily

James Doty’s Helper’s High:  He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism.

James Doty’s Helper’s High: He gave away his last $30 million and felt free—a case study in altruism.

Written by Bonnie Tsui James Doty is not a subject under study at the altruism research center that he founded at Stanford in 2008, but he could be. In 2000, after building a fortune as a neurosurgeon and biotech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, he lost it all in the dotcom crash: $75 million gone in six weeks. Goodbye villa in …

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Compassion in the Workplace

Compassion in the Workplace

Written by Stephanie Castellano Compassion training yields an early return-on-investment. Move over, exercise. Compassion is the new panacea. Mounting research shows that compassion can improve the health and well-being of individuals and corporations. A culture of compassion—in which managers and employees are friendly and empathetic—makes employees happier and more productive, reports the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, …

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What Makes a Compassionate Man?

What Makes a Compassionate Man?

By Kozo Hattori I remember being a very compassionate child. While watchingThe Little House on the Prairie, I cried my eyes out when Laura couldn’t give Pa a Christmas gift. But 12 years of physical abuse and being forced to the confines of the “act-like-a-man box” wrung most of that compassion out of me by the time I reached adulthood. Although …

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What would you do? The science of selflessness: When do we get involved and when do we do nothing?

What would you do? The science of selflessness: When do we get involved and when do we do nothing?

Written by Heidi Groover On a cold February night, snow is falling in short spurts. A man lies bloody in the middle of the street. Do you stop? In Spokane last month, multiple drivers didn’t. Not the first driver who hit him and not at least two others who hit him afterward. Neither, presumably, did any number of cars that passed …

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The Power Of Compassion To Drive Your Bottom Line

The Power Of Compassion To Drive Your Bottom Line

Written by Rob Asghar   Is kindness the missing piece of your brand—the ingredient that can allow your organization to stand out in an age in which consumers long to be treated as more than a nuisance? Lloyd H. Dean, president and CEO of Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest healthcare providers, tells a story about a member …

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Cashing In on Kindness

Cashing In on Kindness

Written by Bonnie Tsui On February 24, the Dalai Lama came to Silicon Valley to talk business. As with most public appearances made by His Holiness, the event was mobbed. Four thousand people packed the Leavey Center, Santa Clara University’s basketball arena, for a glimpse of his red robes—occasional cries of “We love you, Dalai Lama!” were heard—and countless others …

Newsweek

Can cultivating compassion lead to happiness?

Can cultivating compassion lead to happiness?

Written by Danna Staaf You know how Jesus said to love thy neighbor and Buddha urged compassion for all beings? Well, modern science agrees. Stanford psychologists recently found that cultivating compassion not only makes you kinder, it makes you happier—as well as less worried. But compassion is having a tough time in the age of the internet. We’re more connected than ever, …

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The Dalai Lama talks business, compassion and happiness

The Dalai Lama talks business, compassion and happiness

Written by Emily Hite One Christmas, my dad gave me and my siblings copies of the Dalai Lama‘s book The Art of Happiness – a quick read with a valuable missive. (“Be content with this book – you didn’t need other presents” was my takeaway.) I was reminded of this when reading about a recent visit – focused in large part on happiness …

Stanford Medicine

Stanford research: Compassion aids well-being

Stanford research: Compassion aids well-being

Written by Clifton B. Parker Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education co-sponsored the Dalai Lama’s visit to Silicon Valley for a talk on business, ethics and compassion. It highlighted recent achievements at Stanford’s center, which continues to make research progress in the “science of compassion” while calling attention to the importance of well-being in our society. …

Stanford News

Ethics ‘Dialogue’ at Santa Clara Univ. Features Dalai Lama, CEO Who Stripped Hospitals of Catholic Ties

Ethics ‘Dialogue’ at Santa Clara Univ. Features Dalai Lama, CEO Who Stripped Hospitals of Catholic Ties

Written by Matthew Archbold In a heavily promoted event that is already sold out, Santa Clara University will host a dialogue between the Dalai Lama—who in the past has advocated abortion and population control—and the CEO of Dignity Health, who stripped the organization of any links with the Catholic Church after a hospital performed an abortion and was criticized by …

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Evaluating the benefits of compassion

Evaluating the benefits of compassion

Written by Don Ingwerson Compassion – in today’s hurried lives, is it worth personal time, energy, and money it takes to express compassion? The answer in terms of common humanity is yes. But many may not know the health-giving effects of compassion and its accompanying feeling of happiness. In “The Best Kept Secret to Happiness: Compassion,” Emma M. Seppala, Ph.D. …

Aliso Laguna News

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Speak at Santa Clara University

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Speak at Santa Clara University

Written by Marika Krause His Holiness the Dalai Lama will visit Santa Clara University Feb. 24 for a day of discussion entitled “Compassion, Business, and Ethics: A Dialogue with the Dalai Lama.” The event is co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. “As the Jesuit University of Silicon …

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Are humans instinctively compassionate?

Are humans instinctively compassionate?

Written by Sara from Institute of HeartMath com•pas•sion: noun \kəm-ˈpa-shən\ a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc. We reach out to those in pain, take in stray animals and dash off our checks to help strangers suffering across the globe. Humans are compassionate toward those in need. In fact, considerable scientific research suggests, …

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Compassion’s curative power

Compassion’s curative power

Written by BeWell Emma Seppala, PhD is the associate director of Stanford School of Medicine’s The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and a well-known researcher and speaker on the science of well-being, social connection and compassion. BeWell spoke with Dr. Seppala to glean her latest insights and learned that strong medicine does not always come in …

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Stanford spotlights compassion, innovation at technology conference

Stanford spotlights compassion, innovation at technology conference

Written by Clifton B. Parker Social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists explored how to open hearts in a world of cell phones, texting and computers at the inaugural Compassion and Technology Conference at Stanford on Dec. 6. “Science shows us that compassion is fundamental to our health and well-being,” said one of the panelists, Emma Seppala, a psychologist and associate director …

Stanford News

The First Ever Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University

The First Ever Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University

Written by Shawn Saleme In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. The conference is presented by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and …

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Medkänsla i ledarskapet lönar sig – mer än du tror

Medkänsla i ledarskapet lönar sig – mer än du tror

Written by Daniel E. Martin Det är en ständig stress att flyga för Ryanair och det finns en skrämselkultur inom bolaget. Det får massor med effekter, bland annat att man inte sjukskriver sig när man är sjuk eftersom man dels inte får lön, dels riskerar att få sparken om man är sjuk mer än någon enstaka gång.” Så sa en …

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Innovating Compassion

Innovating Compassion

Written by Irwin Kula So a neurosurgeon, a visionary educator and a rabbi walk into a bar… I met Dr. James Doty and Angela Maiers a few weeks back at the BIF9 storyteller summit, a remarkable gathering of over 400 innovators from across fields – science, technology, business, health, music, education, design, and social justice. Thirty-two people were invited to …

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Guaranteed health advice

Guaranteed health advice

Written By Eric Nelson There is certainly no shortage of health advice these days, much of it contradictory. Today we are told that aspirin, coffee and nuts are good for us. Next week? Maybe not so much. There is little doubt, however, and plenty of evidence to suggest, that a diet that includes the following mental nutrients will always produce …

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How loving animals can benefit your health

How loving animals can benefit your health

Written By Tommy Dean Animals may be the key to alleviating stress and living a happier and healthier life. The health benefits of veganism are no secret. Any diet rife with plant-based superfoods and rich with vitamins and nutrients is bound to bolster physical well-being. But it may be more than quinoa and kale that makes veganism an exercise in health …

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If we could all tap into this quality (which we can), the world would be a better place

If we could all tap into this quality (which we can), the world would be a better place

Written By Carolyn Gregoire In the so-called age of narcissism, it’s been said that empathy is declining — and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become more self-obsessed than ever before. But whether or not selfishness is actually on the rise, it’s safe to say that we need compassion more than ever. Eastern spiritual practices have long touted the importance of …

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The selfish reasons behind why we give

The selfish reasons behind why we give

Written by Maia Szalavitz Although seeing or hearing about suffering children makes most people uncomfortable, that distress is not what drives them to dig into their pockets and donate. The reasons people decide to be altruistic, it turns out, may be slightly more selfish. In the study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that people are more likely to give …

Time Magazine

The selfish benefits of compassion

The selfish benefits of compassion

Written by Elizabeth Svoboda We can be healthier, live longer and make the world a better place by exploring our potential for compassionate behaviour. Neurosurgeon James Doty tells Elizabeth Svoboda about the surprising benefits of our better nature. Where does your strong interest in compassion, altruism and empathy come from? Having grown up in poverty with a father who was …

New Scientist

Empathy on the decline

Empathy on the decline

Written by Sara Konrath In the early 1930s, Freud wrote about the happiness of hearing a loved one’s voice on the telephone, but recognized the tradeoffs of new technologies: “If there had been no railway to conquer distances, my child would never have left his native town and I should need no telephone to hear his voice.” New technologies can …

The New York Times

Stanford center holds technology innovation competition and conference to promote public compassionate action

Stanford center holds technology innovation competition and conference to promote public compassionate action

  Emma Seppala, PhDAssociate Director, CCARE(650) 723-3248emmas@stanford.edu 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 by research …

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The compassionate leader: Enhance employee loyalty and engagement

The compassionate leader: Enhance employee loyalty and engagement

Written by Karen Vernal “In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”  —  Buddha Recently, it was reported that Green Bay Packer’s Head Coach Mike McCarthy is focusing on creating stronger relationships among team players. His theme for the year is: Protection, Connection and Reflection, and he believes that the potential success for the …

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How ‘Mindfulness’ Can Curb Impulse Spending

How ‘Mindfulness’ Can Curb Impulse Spending

Written by Kelly Dilworth If you’re a frequent shopper who is overwhelmed by credit card debt, chances are your urge to spend is driven by more than just a desire for goods and services. You may feel chronically stressed at work, for example, and shop to soothe your angst. Or you may feel jealous of a friend’s promotion, so you …

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Compassion Season in Telluride

Compassion Season in Telluride

Written by Katie Klingsporn In the summer of 2011, the Telluride Institute revived its Ideas Festival with a three-day event packed with experts, scientists, spiritual leaders and movies addressing the universal subject of compassion. Since then, Telluride Institute has helped organize an annual event that brings everyone from distinguished neuroscientists to Tibetan Buddhists and Native American scholars to town to …

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Stanford University and Telluride Institute Announce Compassion Season 2013 Programs

Stanford University and Telluride Institute Announce Compassion Season 2013 Programs

Written by Samuel Adams The Telluride Institute and Stanford University School of Medicine’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education host a series of events to celebrate the 2013 Compassion Season. Events will include discussions about recent developments in the field of compassion and altruism research.  In 2009, at the request of His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama, CCARE partnered …

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How to spend time alone and love it

How to spend time alone and love it

Written by Paige Brettingen Party of One Nothing against our kids, partners or friends, but sometimes, all of us really just need a day to ourselves. And, as it turns out, you’ll be healthier and happier for taking it, says Emma Seppala, Ph.D, associate director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Alone time has a whole host …

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SFO crash: If you were on Asiana Flight 214, would you help others or yourself?

SFO crash: If you were on Asiana Flight 214, would you help others or yourself?

Written by Julia Prodis Sulek Rha Kyung Rhan experienced the best and worst of humanity during the crash of Asiana Flight 214: One man helped her with an extended hand and another hurt her when he yelled “Move!” then climbed over her and her teenage daughter in a panic to flee the smoking wreckage. If you survived a plane crash, …

Silicon Valley Mercury News

Charter for Compassion Makes Surprising Progress

Charter for Compassion Makes Surprising Progress

Written by Karen Armstrong When the Charter for Compassion was launched in November 2009, I didn’t know that by 2012 more than 85,000 people would have affirmed it online or that we would have 150 active partners around the world. I did know that if we were to make the Charter something more than a call to action, we’d have to come …

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Are women more compassionate than men? What the science tells us

Are women more compassionate than men? What the science tells us

Written by Michelle Brandt Great piece on compassion from Stanford’s Emma Seppala, PhD, whose work on PTSD and veterans was recently covered here. Tackling the question of whether women are more innately compassionate than men, Seppala outlines some of the scientific research on the topic before concluding: Rather than suggesting that [bonding and nurturing] tendencies might have made women more compassionate …

Stanford Medicine

The Compassionate Mind: Science Shows Why It’s Healthy And How It Spreads

The Compassionate Mind: Science Shows Why It’s Healthy And How It Spreads

Written by 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 …

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Branson’s B Team – Show Me Numbers!

Branson’s B Team – Show Me Numbers!

Written by David Erasmus Branson posted yesterday about his intentions for his B Team, a high velocity group of people including Arianna who have a real shot at helping us reshape our expectations of business in society. Branson writes…. “We will address three initial Challenges: “The Future of Leadership,” “The Future Bottom Line” and “The Future of Incentives.” The aim of these …

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Stanford rolls out Compassion Cultivation Training

Stanford rolls out Compassion Cultivation Training

Written by Sara Schairer The Dalai Lama is now touring through the United States until May 21st, 2013 with the next stop in Portland at Maitripa College on May 7. I personally have a special affinity for his presence, as I’m nearing the end of the inaugural yearlong program through Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), …

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Can Meditative Breathing Relieve PTSD Symptoms For Vets?

Can Meditative Breathing Relieve PTSD Symptoms For Vets?

Written by Rebecca Ruiz Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars; according to one estimate, as many as 20 percent of the service members who were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have the psychiatric condition. These patients often experience disabling symptoms, including feeling jittery or on constant alert. They also may have …

Forbes

The Question That Ends Tension

The Question That Ends Tension

How Compassion and Being Present to End Tension from First for Women magazine. For the first part of the article click here For the second part of the article click here

First for Women

The Promise of Yoga-Based Treatments to Help Veterans With PTSD

The Promise of Yoga-Based Treatments to Help Veterans With PTSD

Written by Michelle Brandt A close friend recently told me about the post-traumatic stress disorder research of Stanford’sEmma Seppala, PhD, whom she knows from the yoga community in Madison, Wisc. (Seppala did her postdoctoral work there.) It was amazing stuff, I was told (and what a small world, I thought.) And so, I was eager to hear yesterday about one of Seppala’s studies, which found …

Stanford Medicine

Compassion and the Bottom Line

Compassion and the Bottom Line

Written by Michael Kinsman Compassion isn’t a word that is easily digested in the business world. More often, we like to define our businesses as results-oriented, hard-driving and able to steamroll any obstacles that stand in the way of an objective. Compassion is a word that seldom comes up in the workplace and when it does, it feels kind of squishy. …

San Diego Reader

Breathing exercises help veterans find peace after war

Breathing exercises help veterans find peace after war

Written by Brooke Donald Post-traumatic stress disorder affects about one in five veterans, and traditional treatments that can include medication and therapy only relieve symptoms in about half of those who seek it, experts say. But new research by Stanford scholar Emma Seppala, associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, reveals an alternative way to help bring …

Stanford News

Compassion will make you happy

Compassion will make you happy

Research data suggests that the secret to lasting happiness does not lie in any goods, relationships or achievements, but rather in what we can give. Marketing executives want us to believe that happiness lies in a product that will taste delicious, magically fill our bank accounts, or transform us into a supermodel that looks not a day past 20. Our social norms …

Caring Magazine

Compassion, the Workplace, and Leadership

Compassion, the Workplace, and Leadership

Written by John Ballard, Ph.D. When we list leadership characteristics, compassion is probably not first on the list, or even on the list, but perhaps it should be. Emma Seppala has an excellent article on compassion in the May/June issue of theObserver, a publication of the Association for Psychological Science.  The implications for our leaders, organizations, the workplace, and ourselves are significant. Seppala defines compassion …

John Ballard PhD

Offra Gerstein, Relationship Matters: The wonders of altruism

Offra Gerstein, Relationship Matters: The wonders of altruism

Written by Offra Gerstein The recent acts of heroism seen immediately following the Boston Marathon explosions may have rekindled our public amazement at the courage of untrained strangers who put themselves at risk to aid others. What is the source of these altruistic acts commonly seen at times of extreme human suffering that defies the evolutionary instincts of self-preservation? The …

Santa Cruz Sentinel

How the Stress of Disaster Brings People Together

How the Stress of Disaster Brings People Together

Written by Emma Seppala, Ph.D. Ever feel that stress makes you more cranky, hot-headed or irritable? For men in particular, we think of stress as generating testosterone-fueled aggression – thus instances of road rage, or the need to “blow off steam” after work with a trip to the gym or a bar. On the other hand, in circumstances of extreme stress such …

Scientific American

Business and Compassion

Business and Compassion

Written by Paula Pyne I just returned from The San Francisco Bay area where I attended the inaugural Business and Compassion Conference at Stanford University, School of Medicine. It was hosted by CCARE, the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and facilitated by Dr. James Doty, Director and Founder of CCARE and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, and his …

Up Lift Consulting

Stanford Center Highlights the Benefits of Compassionate Workplaces

Stanford Center Highlights the Benefits of Compassionate Workplaces

Written by Brooke Donald The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford brought together leaders in business and academia to talk about the role of compassion in business. The latest research suggests that a more compassionate workplace, where helpfulness and forgiveness are part of the business model, is a more productive, efficient and happy place to work. …

Stanford News

International Compassion Summit Launches Year-Long Effort in Anticipation of a Visit by the Dalai Lama

International Compassion Summit Launches Year-Long Effort in Anticipation of a Visit by the Dalai Lama

Written By Karen Armstrong The 2013 International Summit Conference on Compassionate Organizations will bring an international group of representatives together on May 16th through the 18th to Louisville, Kentucky in anticipation of a visit by the Dalai Lama. This unique, first-of-its-kind event kicks off a year-long effort focusing on developing cultures of compassion in government, business, schools, faith groups, colleges …

PRWeb

Boston Marathon’s Heroes And The Science Behind Compassion

Boston Marathon’s Heroes And The Science Behind Compassion

Written by Tamarra Kemsley. The acts of heroism seen even within seconds of the detonation of the bombs at Boston Marathon included people who seemed to utterly forget fear for their own wellbeing in order to protect that of others. However, Tuesday’s events were not first time the world’s seen such selflessness before: firefighters and policemen and women during the …

Nature World News

Compassion important for our survival

Compassion important for our survival

Written by Agneta Lagercrantz. James Doty, the son of an alcoholic, became a neurosurgeon and founded a research center for compassion and altruism at Stanford, USA. At 13, his life changed – thanks to a woman who taught him positive thinking. Follow our new series of articles on the new research area compassion. Neurosurgeon James Doty knows how it feels …

SvD

Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

Sustaining Compassion in Health Care

As demands on health care providers increase, compassion becomes more difficult to sustain. But a new training holds the promise of helping them meet those challenges. After 30 years in health care, I was ready to retire. But instead I found myself walking into a classroom at the Stanford University School of Medicine for the first day of a teacher-training …

The Greater Good Science Center

Mainstream media missing mark on mind-body medicine

Mainstream media missing mark on mind-body medicine

LOS ALTOS, CA, February 21, 2013 – Dr. James Doty is a world-class neurosurgeon and professor at Stanford University. He’s an inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who supports a number of global health initiatives; a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical Ethics, and is recognized by his peers as one of the top 5% of neurosurgeons in the country. …

The Washington Times Communities

How to Turn Gang Members Into Ex-Gang Members

How to Turn Gang Members Into Ex-Gang Members

What is it that finally makes a gang member renounce his violent ways? Or a former Hamas extremist turn to reconciliation instead of suicide bombs? The answers are remarkably similar, based on a recent study from researchers at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. One of the study’s authors, Philip Zimbardo, is the psychologist behind the notorious 1971 Stanford Prison …

The Atlantic Cities

The Magic of Compassion Science

The Magic of Compassion Science

Have you ever sat down with your doctor and talked about your brain—heart to heart?  Neither have I.  But that’s exactly what happened in our Forest Call with Dr. James Doty. Apparently he is capable of living several lives simultaneously.  Among other things He is a neurosurgeon with top ratings from the Consumer Research Council of America.  He is the …

ServiceSpace

Surviving PTSD: Helping Your Military Loved Ones Get the Help They Need

Surviving PTSD: Helping Your Military Loved Ones Get the Help They Need

It’s frightening to watch a loved one go off to war, but what many military families have discovered is that another battle begins once they return home. Nearly 30 percent of the 834,463 soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan that were treated at V.A. hospitals have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. “We can’t send out men …

CafeMom

What’s Your Meme? Changing the Climate Change Conversation

What’s Your Meme? Changing the Climate Change Conversation

What’s the counterpoint to “Drill, baby, drill”? In the emerging field of meme science, researchers try to figure out what language and ideas resonate when it comes to the warming of the planet.

The New York Times

Mitt Romney, Man of Compassion?

Mitt Romney, Man of Compassion?

Somewhere between his traditional social circle and the broader world — a place inhabited by strangers whose jobs might require elimination in pursuit of profit — Romney seems to lose emotional regard for the troubles of others

The Huffington Post

The true meaning of Christmas and its implications for our health

The true meaning of Christmas and its implications for our health

Even if you don’t consider yourself religious, there’s no denying the impact Jesus’ example of compassion continues to have for our health.

Washington Times

Compassion Curriculum

Compassion Curriculum

 Most English speakers who have attended the teachings of the Dalai Lama have actually heard his wisdom through the voice of Thupten Jinpa, who has served as translator for His Holiness since 1985. A highly trained Buddhist scholar and practitioner in his own right, Jinpa’s monastic training at the Shartse College of Ganden culminated in the distinguished Geshe Lharam degree. …

Inquiring Mind

Tulane Medical Students Learn Healthy Cooking,  Pass It On

Tulane Medical Students Learn Healthy Cooking, Pass It On

“Obesity is the most important public health problem facing this country… To understand nutrition has become critical and to teach it in conjunction with culinary science is a new way to reinforce the education of physicians.”

Tulane University

Yoga, Deep Breathing Used To Address Soldiers’ Post-Traumatic Stress

Yoga, Deep Breathing Used To Address Soldiers’ Post-Traumatic Stress

Rich Low dreamed of Iraq long after he returned home from the war.

JS Online

Can Meditation Impact Entrepreneurship And The World? Google’s Happiness Guru Thinks So

Can Meditation Impact Entrepreneurship And The World? Google’s Happiness Guru Thinks So

Chade-Meng Tan hopes his book, Search Inside Yourself, can bring about the conditions for world peace.

S G Entrepreneurs

Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You!

Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You!

With time off so scarce, why is fully enjoying it so hard? Eight rules for getting the most out of your next break. (Hint: Start practicing now.)

The New York Times

Science of Compassion and Altruism: Talks @ Facebook

Science of Compassion and Altruism: Talks @ Facebook

Last week, Facebook invited national experts to its Palo Alto campus to share the science behind compassion and altruism. In the audience, myself and other engineers listened intently to ideas about humanizing interactions.

ServiceSpace

Study: 20% of Americans have done heroic deeds

Study: 20% of Americans have done heroic deeds

New research would seem to support President Obama’s observation Wednesday night in Tucson that heroism is here, all around us

USA TODAY

The Dalai Lama and CCARE: The Compassion Report

The Dalai Lama and CCARE: The Compassion Report

This is Dr. Paul Ekman, co author of Emotional Awareness with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and noted pioneer of facial expression and emotion research, talking with his student/colleague/emotions researcher and Stanford University CCARE teacher Erika Rosenberg on the floor of Maples Pavilion on the Stanford University campus. Paul and Erika were there to join with the Dalai Lama, who …

Shambhala Sun

A Quest for Compassion

A Quest for Compassion

Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) will study the biological roots of benevolent…this area is tricky business, cautions CCARE co-founder William Mobley, a neurologist and…of the object of study.

Science Magazine

Radio
Open House Radio: Interview with Dr. James Doty

Open House Radio: Interview with Dr. James Doty

Could compassion be the answer to the world’s problems? This is the premise of our conversation with Professor James R. Doty M.D., founder of Stanford University’s Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. In this podcast, Professor Doty discusses where compassion comes from and the benefits of choosing compassion. To listen to the interview, click here.

Open House Radio

Putting It All Together

Putting It All Together

Host Dara Sanandaji wraps up “Empathy & Compassion” month by sharing highlights of interviews with the first four guests on the show: Dr. Kaveh Adel, Dr. Helene Moore, Puja Mohindra, and Dr. James Doty. To listen to the full interview, click here.

The Big Picture Radio Show

The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion

Host Dara Sanandaji welcomes Dr. James Doty, director of CCARE (Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at The Stanford University School of Medicine, to discuss the nexus between neuroscience and compassion. To listen to the interview, click here.

The Big Picture Radio Show

The Shift Network: Interview with Dr. James Doty, Greg Fischer, and Ronny Bell

The Shift Network: Interview with Dr. James Doty, Greg Fischer, and Ronny Bell

Compassion in Action: Compassion in Business and Government This interview is part of the Summer of Peace Summit a free global telesummit featuring interviews of many of the world’s leading peace builders! The Summer of Peace is a call to action – inviting us all and providing specific actions and steps we can take to create both inner peace in our own lives …

The Shift Network

Inner Peace is Manifested by Compassion

Inner Peace is Manifested by Compassion

Interview with Dr. Doty… The problems we see in the world be it war, poverty, global warming or ecological destruction are manifestations of “wounds of the heart”.  All of us sustain wounds of the heart but for some they are deep and never heal causing constant pain. It is this pain that manifests itself as lack of compassion to those around …

Intention Radio: Peace in the Park

The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion

James Doty emerged from a disadvantaged background in the United States to become a neurosurgeon, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist—only to let his fortune go and dedicate his professional life to the scientific study of compassion and altruism.

ABC Radio National

Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder has pushed the VA to explore new and sometimes unorthodox treatments. In one VA facility in Menlo Park, Calif., veterans of current and past wars gather to meditate and break down the shields that combat forced them to hold.

NPR

Neurosurgeon James R Doty on How to Practice Altruism

Neurosurgeon James R Doty on How to Practice Altruism

When all his investments paid off some years ago James was seriously rich; he owned a multi-million dollar apartment, a Tuscan villa and even his very own island in New Zealand. When his investments crashed James was left with just one parcel of shares, still worth millions. But as a philanthropist he’d promised to give those shares away, and he …

ABC Local

Can Meditation Ease PTSD in Combat Vets?

Can Meditation Ease PTSD in Combat Vets?

Among veterans, mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder are epidemic. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that one in every four Iraq or Afghanistan vets is suffering from PTSD. It’s one reason suicide is now the leading cause of death among active-duty soldiers. This crisis has led the VA to explore treatments that would have been considered decidedly from-the-fringes …

TV
Mindfulness and compassion are good for business bottom line

Mindfulness and compassion are good for business bottom line

Neurosurgeon Dr. James Doty from Stanford University talks to Weekend Breakfast about the benefits of compassion, mindfulness and altruism. To view the video interview, click here. 

ABC News