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How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success

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 …


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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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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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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 the …


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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 role …


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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

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

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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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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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 …


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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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Why Compassion in Business Makes Sense

Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress—and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike. Stress brings high health care and turnover costs. In a study of employees from various organizations, health care expenditures for employees with high levels …


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Daniel Moss

Daniel is the Lead Designer and SEO Strategist at Stand Out Designs, a small web design firm with a knack for helping good causes succeed online. He designed the CCARE website, and over 100 others since 1999. His SEO campaigns have given sites peak days of over 50,000 hits, over 3 million annual page views and dozens of #1 rankings …


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Sounds True presents Compassionate Brain feat. Dr. Kelly McGonigal

The Compassionate Brain Activating the Neural Circuits of Kindness, Caring, and Love – Practical Neuroscience for Transformation Dr. Rick Hanson presents a FREE seven-part video series—The Compassionate Brain—that explores effective ways to change your brain and heart and life. Each week Dr. Hanson will be joined by a world-class scholar/teacher, including Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dacher Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, …


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Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training Registration

CCARE’s Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) is an eight-week course designed to develop the qualities of compassion, empathy, and kindness for oneself and for others. CCT integrates traditional contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed at Stanford University by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers. CCT is designed to support anyone …


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The Compassionate Instinct

The Dalai Lama has been telling us for years that it would make us happy, but he never said it would make us healthy, too. “If you want others to be happy,” reads the first part of his famous formula, “practice compassion.” Then comes the second part of the prescription: “If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Maybe the …


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James R. Doty, M.D. to Participate in Unique National Forum Around 10th Anniversary Innovative Program Explores ways to Break “Conflict Gridlock” to Create Peace

On Sept. 8th and 9th, a diverse group of some of the nations leading thinkers from science, religion, arts, and business, will gather in N.Y. around the 10th anniversary of 9-11 to reflect on a new way forward, by sharing their wisdom through traditional stories both sacred and secular, and scientific discovery, to develop a shared narrative to help reweave …