8 Wonderful Psychological Effects of Being Compassionate

The power of compassion is stronger than empathy because it is about imagining the suffering of others at a deeper level; consequently it is more likely to motivate action.

And compassion isn’t just beneficial for
the person being helped –
nurturing compassion has some remarkable psychological effects on the self.

Here are eight psychology studies which show the effects of exercising your humanity.

1. Compassion can be learned…
2. Compassion motivates action…
3. Happier and healthier…
4. Boost immune response…
5. Empathic neural response…
6. Increased empathy…
7. More helpful…
8. Less afraid of suffering…

by Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and the author of PsyBlog.