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  Why Compassion? Why Meditation?

Why Practice Compassion?

Scientific research suggests that being compassionate can improve health, well-being, and relationships. Many scientists believe that compassion may even be vital to the survival of our species.

COMPASSION IMPROVES HEALTH & WELLBEING

  • Compassion makes us feel good: It activates pleasure circuits in the brain, and compassion training programs, even very brief ones, strengthen brain circuits for pleasure and reward and lead to lasting increases in self-reported happiness.
  • Being compassionate makes us healthier: tuning in to other people in a kind and loving manner—can reduce risk of heart disease by boosting the positive effects of the Vagus Nerve, which helps to slow our heart rate.
  • Practicing compassion meditation lowers stress & builds resilience (by lowering stress hormones and boosting the immune system)
  • Loving-kindness meditation leads to less mind wandering, worrying and ruminating which makes people feel happier

COMPASSION IMPROVES RELATIONSHIPS

  • Compassion helps make more caring parents: When people experience compassion their brains scans show activation in systems known to support parental nurturance and other caregiving behaviors.
  • Compassion helps make better spouses: Compassionate people are more optimistic and supportive when communicating with others.
  • Compassion helps make better friends: Studies of friendships show that when one friend sets the goal to support the other compassionately, both friends experience greater satisfaction and growth in the relationship.
  • Feeling compassion for one person makes us less vindictive toward others.
  • Restraining feelings of compassion chips away at our commitment to moral principles.
  • Employees who receive more compassion in their workplace see themselves, their co-workers, and their organization in a more positive light, report feeling more positive emotions like joy and contentment, and are more committed to their jobs.
  • More compassionate societies—those that take care of their most vulnerable members, assist other nations in need, and have children who perform more acts of kindness—are the happier ones.
  • Compassionate people are more socially adept, making them less vulnerable to loneliness; loneliness has been shown to cause stress and harm the immune system.

Why Practice Meditation?

Studies now show that compassion can be increased through targeted meditation exercises. By practicing for just a few minutes a day you can increase in compassion and joy!