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.

Three Insights from the Cutting Edge of Compassion Research

A recent gathering of compassion researchers reveals new discoveries about how and why humans help each other.

Tara Brach’s Non-Radical Approach to ‘Radical Compassion’

Through the acronym RAIN (Recognize-Allow-Investigate-Nurture) we can awaken the qualities of mature compassion—an embodied, mindful presence, active caring, and an all-inclusive heart.

Cultivating Compassion

How to love yourself and others.

Compassion is a Strategic Advantage

LinkedIn’s vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce. You might be surprised that one of the biggest skills needed to achieve that vision is compassion, and especially compassion in leadership.

Compassion Means Business At LinkedIn

I recently interviewed Scott Shute, Head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn on his thoughts about compassionate leadership.

6 Ways to Build a Culture of Compassion

Scott Shute, the head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, shares a few simple gestures that can help foster compassion in our workplaces, families, and communities.

Interview with Dr. Helen Weng

In her work at the Osher Center and as an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center, Dr. Helen Weng is developing new ways to quantify meditation skills using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and machine learning to identify mental states of body awareness during meditation.

3 Ways Leaders Can Prevent Emotional Drain

When it comes to supporting employees to thrive despite the emotional fallout of the pandemic, leaders (and mindfulness) have a critical role to play.

At LinkedIn, Mindfulness Is Serious Business

LinkedIn's head of mindfulness and compassion programs says, 'Compassion is a strategy for long-term success.'

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.


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