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Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation's Benefits -

Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation's Benefits - | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.


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Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day. Seriously.

Greater Happiness in 5 Minutes a Day.  Seriously. | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Research demonstrates the incredible power of loving-kindness meditation, no woo-woo here!

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Self-Compassion Newsletter

Self-Compassion Newsletter | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

The quickest path to self-compassion is through soothing touch.  As mammals, our bodies are naturally comforted by warmth and gentle pressure.  This ability evolved so that mammalian young would stay close to their mothers and remain safe from predators.   When we experience tender touch, therefore, our internal care-giving system is automatically activated and we start to feel calmer and more secure. One of the easiest, most effective exercises taught in the Mindful Self-Compassion program (an eight-week self-compassion skills training workshop developed by Chris Germer and myself) is simply putting one’s hands on one’s heart.  When you’re suffering, you can acknowledge this and comfort yourself by putting one hand over the other, feeling the warmth of your hands and noticing the rising and falling of your chest.  If you use words of kindness toward yourself (e.g., I'm sorry this is so hard right now...) it makes it even more effective.  And if you’re in public you can use what I call the “surreptitious self-hug.”  This involves folding your arms and giving them a gentle squeeze.  As long as there is the intent to express self-compassion it works, and no one needs to know!


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The Mind Business - FT.com

The Mind Business - FT.com | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

“It’s about training our minds to be more focused, to see with clarity, to have spaciousness for creativity and to feel connected,”

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Compassion Curriculum: AN INTERVIEW WITH GESHE THUPTEN JINPA

Compassion Curriculum: AN INTERVIEW WITH GESHE THUPTEN JINPA | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Inquiring Mind: Compassion training speaks to such a profound need in the world. How did this secular program come about?


THUPTEN JINPA: A group from Stanford went to see His Holiness [Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama] to bring him a proposal for establishing a center for research and education in compassion and altruism. After a long discussion, His Holiness made a generous offer of quite a substantial donation to seed the program and said, " 

 

I have two requests:

 

Whatever science you do, make sure that it is impeccable from a scientific standard.

 

And secondly, whatever program you develop for teaching compassion, make sure it is completely secularized and universalizable.


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Self-Compassion: Kristin Neff

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Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind. Kristin Neff From leading psychologist Dr. Kristin Neff comes a step-by-step guide explaining how to be more self-compassionate and achieve your dreams in life.Dr.

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Making people happy is one of the best motivators

Making people happy is one of the best motivators | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
A sense of belonging and attachment to a group of co-workers is a better motivator for some employees than money, according to a new study.
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Giving Time Can Give You Time

Giving Time Can Give You Time | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Many people these days feel a sense of time famine - never having enough minutes and hours to do everything.

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Research from @CCARE Enhancing Compassion: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program

 
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The Science of Compassion

The Science of Compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
Empirically speaking, does the experience of compassion toward one person measurably affect our actions and attitudes toward other people?
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Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind - literally

Changing Your Brain By Changing Your Mind - literally | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Meditation rewires your brain to be more positive...

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» 5 Strategies for Self-Compassion - World of Psychology

Many of us are all too used to bashing ourselves. And it’s not surprising.

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Individual differences in altruism explained by brain region involved in empathy

Individual differences in altruism explained by brain region involved in empathy | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

What can explain extreme differences in altruism among individuals, from Ebenezer Scrooge to Mother Teresa?

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Treating Yourself with Compassion: Self-compassion helps you overcome failure..

Treating Yourself with Compassion:  Self-compassion helps you overcome failure.. | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

At the surface, it is tempting to say that the cultures of Silicon Valley and Boston promoted a different level of fear of failure. An interesting paper in the September, 2012 issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin by Juliana Breines and Serena Chen suggests that the difference might actually lie in the self-compassion promoted by each region.

 

Self-compassion is the degree to which people treat themselves with warmth and understanding. People are not hard on themselves are treating themselves with self-compassion. At one level, this might feel similar to self-esteem, which is the degree to which people think of themselves positively. But, you can treat yourself with compassion without necessarily feeling positively toward yourself.

 


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The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions - Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education

The Science of Compassion: Origins, Measures, and Interventions - Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D. | The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Nuanced definition, elements of practice, and the Buddhist understanding.

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Your Brain on Yoga: How to Kick Bad Habits and Foster Better Ones. Interview with Dr. Timothy McCall

Your Brain on Yoga: How to Kick Bad Habits and Foster Better Ones. Interview with Dr. Timothy McCall | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
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PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death and God

You may find the brave voices captured in this short film haunting, shocking and humorous.
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Out of Balance? Try Self-Compassion

Out of Balance? Try Self-Compassion | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

What is self compassion?


Researcher Chris Germer said, “Whereas acceptance usually refers to what’s happening to us —accepting a feeling or a thought—self-compassion is acceptance of the person to whom it’s happening. It’s acceptance of ourselves while we’re in pain.”
The topic of self-compassion is rapidly becoming a burgeoning field in psychological research, led by Germer and University of Texas, Austin researcher Kristin Neff, author of Self-Compassion.

 

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The biochemistry of love and empathy - New Scientist (blog)

The biochemistry of love and empathy - New Scientist (blog) | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
New Scientist (blog)The biochemistry of love and empathyNew Scientist (blog)Human oxytocin-mediated empathy involves, besides oxytocin, both serotonin and dopamine, which reinforce moral behaviours.

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Secrets of the Vagus Nerve | Greater Good

Secrets of the Vagus Nerve | Greater Good | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it
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Children in foster care develop resilience through compassion - Science Codex

Children in foster care develop resilience through compassion Science CodexA new study shows that a therapeutic intervention called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) appears to improve the mental and physical health of adolescents in...


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What is CCARE??? | The Unofficial Stanford Blog

What is CCARE??? | The Unofficial Stanford Blog | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

Bit of background on the beginings of Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE)

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How to Make Optimism Work for You

How to Make Optimism Work for You | Human Connection: Compassion, Altruism, Empathy | Scoop.it

“The important thing,” Mr. Richmond said in an interview, “is to visualize what you want and go after it. Be ready for an opening — serendipity — all the time.”

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Awesomeness Is Good For You

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Awesomeness Is Good For You 

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Hedonic adaptation: Why buying more won’t make you happy | Unclutterer

If you are constantly in pursuit of keeping up with the Joneses and conspicuously buying, you're more likely to become addicted to shopping and feel less pleasure and happiness each time you buy.
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