Brief Compassion Training May Lead to Greater Altruism

A new study shows that adults can be trained to be more compassionate — and in a relatively short time. Researchers at the Center for Investigating Healthy


People seem to become more sensitive to other people’s suffering, but this is challenging emotionally,” Weng explained. “They learn to regulate their emotions so that they approach people’s suffering with caring and wanting to help rather than turning away.”


There are many possible applications of compassion training, according to Dr. Richard J. Davidson, founder and chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and senior author of the article.


“Compassion and kindness training in schools can help children learn to be attuned to their own emotions, as well as those of others, which may decrease bullying,” he said. “Compassion training also may benefit people who have social challenges such as social anxiety or antisocial behavior.”


By JANICE WOOD Associate News Editor