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How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health

How Showing Compassion for Animals Can Improve Your Health | Animals and empathy | Scoop.it

The effects of compassion are far reaching and have been shown to have benefits for physical as well as psychological health. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that social support, when humans connect in a meaningful way with other people or animals, helps in the recovery from illness as well as promoting increased levels of mental and physical well-being.

Evidence from studies mentioned in the previous blog suggests that interventions can lead to reduced depressive symptoms and feelings of isolation, improvements in positive emotions, psychological well-being, hopefulness, optimism, social connection, life satisfaction, and, of specific interest to this paper –  compassion....

Cultivating compassion for all living beings and practicing a compassionate lifestyle can, therefore, help boost social connection and also improve physical and mental health. 


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The complicated truth behind our relationship with apes - Herald Scotland

The complicated truth behind our relationship with apes - Herald Scotland | Animals and empathy | Scoop.it
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The complicated truth behind our relationship with apes
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What makes the jump much more acceptable is it's based in part on what we are learning from the growing body of research on animal cognition.

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