Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, is an American psychologist and educator who is dedicated to understanding the neuroscience and psychology of compassion, kindness, gratitude, and other pro-social behaviors. She has been involved in the Greater Good Science Center’s Expanding Gratitude project, and her work continues to spotlight the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, and the outcomes of living a more meaningful life.
How do we define compassion? Is it an emotional state, a motivation, a dispositional trait, or a cultivated attitude? How does it compare to altruism and empathy? Chapters in this Handbook present critical scientific evidence about compassion in numerous conceptions.