Written by Tara MacIsaac.
Stanford University has a whole center dedicated to the science of compassion and altruism. Emma Seppala, Ph.D., is the science director of this center and she has helped scientifically prove compassion is best.
She holds degrees from Yale, Columbia University, and Stanford, and in all of these Ivy league environments she saw high-achievers operating on America’s mistaken concepts of “hard work” and “success.”
“Some of the brightest minds in our country are also deeply unhappy and very, very stressed,” Seppala said.
One of Seppala’s students at Stanford told her that she was raised to strive for success. She asked her parents, “How do I become successful?” They told her, “Work hard.” She asked, “How do I know if I’m working hard enough?” They told her, “If you’re suffering, it means you’re working hard enough.”
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