What compassion looks like – 3 research-backed ways to show you’re really listening.

I was excited to see this finding because I teach compassionate listening as a skill in the Stanford Compassion Training. Students in the training learn to deliberately do exactly what the participants in this study were using to assess compassion.

1) The first step is what I call “listening with the whole body.” This means literally tuning in to the person who is speaking.  “Compassionate” body language includes:

Turning toward the speaker, not just with your head, but positioning your whole body to face the speaker.


By Kelly McGonigal