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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion

Jan 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM PST

In the spirit of love, warmth and companionship, I’ve made this infographic on the scientific benefits of Compassion!

We often think that we will gain happiness by achieving, receiving or attaining. We also think that in order to be happy, we have to receive love. Think again!

Research shows that our greatest fulfillment comes in large part from being connected to others and from helping them.

There is truth to the saying “It is in giving that we receive.”

Compassion brings meaning and researchers have found that living a life of meaning is one of the greatest determinants of happiness. Not only does compassion ensure depth, fulfillment and purpose in our lives, studies show that it has powerful health benefits and even leads to a longer life!

To help keep you inspired, I’ve summarized research on compassion in one handy infographic! Enjoy!

Infographic by Emma Seppala, Ph.D. Learn more about the benefits of compassion in her original post.
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Emma Seppala is Associate Director at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. To stay updated on the science of happiness, health and social connection, see and follow Emma on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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