Training Kids for Kindness

Brooke Dodson-Lavelle explains how a trailblazing compassion training program expands children’s natural capacity for empathy and kindness—even toward so-called “bullies.


..My colleagues and I at Emory University believe people have a natural capacity for empathy, love, and compassion, and that it can be deliberately deepened and expanded—to include even so-called “bullies”— through training. 


Compassion involves both the heartfelt wish that others be free from suffering and the readiness to act on their behalf. It arises from a deep sense of affection for others, coupled with a sensitivity to their pain and the recognition that their suffering can be transformed.