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21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity | Social Change for Gen-Y | Scoop.it
People aren't always awful. Sometimes, they're maybe even just a little bit wonderful. Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact.

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The Healing Power Of Kindness

The Healing Power Of Kindness | Social Change for Gen-Y | Scoop.it

We've all heard the old adage that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but what about a smile?

 

An extensive scientific literature review sponsored by Dignity Health and conducted by the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University reveals a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates kindness holds the power to heal.

 

We now know that this often overlooked, virtually cost-free remedy has a statistically significant impact on our physical health. For example, the positive effect of kindness is even greater than that of taking aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack or the influence of smoking on male mortality. And it doesn't even require a trip to the pharmacy

 

.By Lloyd Dean & James Doty, M.D.


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Laurence Chilcott's curator insight, November 21, 2014 10:46 PM

The TRUTH about natural healing will almost never be known, just so long as there is money and profit to made from other peoples misery and chronic sickness and disease. .so rather than talk about kindness I prefer to discuss the TRUTH about our healing power,the TRUTH that our god-given healing power, our very own 'adult stem cells' can , IF PERMITTED(by law) virtually replace any and all prescription drugs,regardless of diagnosed health issue . .and I should know, because mine restored my INCURABLE Macular Degeneration,back to health . .and I repeat no traditional medical therapies were involved!

Trust in the healing power bestowed upon you by Our Maker, I did and  now no longer suffer from my frequent bouts of blindness; because the leaks in the blood vessels at the back of my eyes have been repaired,by replacing old cell tissue with new!

If you want to learn what your stem cells can do for you, you can get me here stemcells@healthmiracles4all.com 

K.I.R.M. God is Business " From Day One"'s curator insight, June 30, 5:57 AM

Kindness can be part of the healing process be it shared or received.  

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Altruism and OER /OED: sharing, charity and the process of giving

Altruism and OER /OED: sharing, charity and the process of giving | Social Change for Gen-Y | Scoop.it
Read any article about open educational resources or designs and the term ‘sharing’ pops up time and again. Whilst an apparently innocuous, self-explanatory term, for something so closely bound to ...
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Compassion vs. empathy: Designing for resilience

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"Compassion v. Empathy: Designing for Resilience" for Interactions Magazine. (October 2014) explores how compassion is physiologically different to empathy, how it leads to altruism, and how we might design for resillience. 



Authors:
Dorian Peters, Rafael Calvo
How is it that some people can spend their days making progress on the front lines of sickness or injustice while others can barely handle watching the nightly news? Empathy is critical to our relationships, our societies, and our individual well-being, but it can also hinder these, leading to avoidance, burnout, and distress. A better understanding of just what makes this difference would radically empower design. Design for resilient empathy would benefit everyone, but most obviously it would benefit care workers at risk of burnout, nonprofits seeking to empower action, and designers of social technologies. Can we design to foster…


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Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering

ABSTRACT: Compassion is a key motivator of altruistic behavior, but little is known about individuals’ capacity to cultivate compassion through training. We examined whether compassion may be systematically trained by testing whether (a) short-term compassion training increases altruistic behavior and (b) individual differences in altruism are associated with training-induced changes in neural responses to suffering. In healthy adults, we found that compassion training increased altruistic redistribution of funds to a victim encountered outside of the training context. Furthermore, increased altruistic behavior after compassion training was associated with altered activation in brain regions implicated in social cognition and emotion regulation, including the inferior parietal cortex and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), and in DLPFC connectivity with the nucleus accumbens. These results suggest that compassion can be cultivated with training and that greater altruistic behavior may emerge from increased engagement of neural systems implicated in understanding the suffering of other people, executive and emotional control, and reward processing.

 

Weng, H.Y. et al. (in press). Compassion training alters altruism and neural responses to suffering. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797612469537

 

Picture credit: Doug Savage, Savage Chickens.


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Eileen Cardillo's curator insight, May 23, 2013 6:51 AM

University of Wisconsin-Madison does more standards-setting work. Most notably, they used an active control group of comparable quality and rigor and in their analyses linked behavior outside the scanner to neural activity during a different task. Bonus: the lead author, Helen Weng, is a graduate student.

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10 Ways To Love | Kindness Blog

10 Ways To Love | Kindness Blog | Social Change for Gen-Y | Scoop.it
Related. This entry was posted in Kindness Quotation and tagged 10 ways to love, how to show your love, Kindness, kindness blog, love, love yourself and others. Bookmark the permalink.
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