Journal of Happiness Studies: Enhancing Compassion: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Compassion Cultivation Training Program

Psychosocial interventions often aim to alleviate negative emotional states. However, there is growing interest in cultivating positive emotional states and qualities.  One particular target is compassion, but it is not yet clear whether compassion can be 
trained. A community sample of 100 adults were randomly  assigned to a 9-week compassion cultivation training (CCT)  program (n = 60) or a waitlist control condition (n = 40).


Before and after this 9-week period, participants completed self-report inventories that measured compassion for others,  receiving compassion from others, and selfcompassion. Compared to the waitlist control condition, CCT resulted in significant improvements in all three domains of compassion—compassion for others, receiving compassion from others, and self-compassion…