The heart of compassion centers on the selfless compulsion to alleviate suffering. While compassion is similar to empathy and sympathy in the ability to commiserate and feel another’s emotions, the spirit of compassion moves a person to act in order to reduce pain. Compassion is the central tenet of many belief traditions, most notably Buddhism, and has been rigorously studied in recent decades for its physical and mental health benefits. Learning to be compassionate toward others—and ourselves—is a cornerstone to many aspects of well-being.

Compassionate Mind, Healthy Body

Compassion research is at a tipping point: Overwhelming evidence suggests compassion is good for our health and good for the world.

Compassion Is Like a Muscle That Gets Stronger with Training

Loving-kindness meditation and compassion training boost empathic resilience.

Cultivating Compassion

How to love yourself and others.

Kindling Kindness: Raising Our Capacity for Cultivating Compassion

In cultivating compassion, we grow empathy and positive regard for self and others. It encourages us to train our hearts and minds to stay open and offer our best to others.

What Type of Meditation Is Best for You?

One of the most in-depth meditation studies to date shows that different practices have different benefits.

Three Means to Peace: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Wisdom

In this teaching from 2004, Joseph Goldstein explains how three principles of meditation can be applied to the world’s conflicts.

Breathing Compassion In and Out

Kristin Neff guides us through a twenty-minute compassion meditation, first directing kind phrases to ourselves and then to others.

How to Be Wiser During Troubled Times

Wisdom is much more than intelligence. Here’s how to become a wiser you.

Cultivate a Metta Mind: Loving-Kindness Meditation

Loving-kindness meditation (metta) challenges us to send love and compassion to the difficult people in our lives, including ourselves.


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