Looking for a way to be happier? Are you seeking deeper connections with friends or looking for more friends? Want to relate better to your co-workers? Try a little compassion.
However, compassion is not for the touchy-feely set alone. The U.S. military and professional sports teams have found real success with mindfulness and compassion training.
"'This training is not for wimps,' as my grad student, who was a former football player, used to say," said Amishi Jha, an Associate Professor of Psychology. "This is for the toughest of the tough who want to make the world better and benefit personally, too."
Jha also has U.S. Department of Defense contracts to teach mindfulness and compassion to the military, as well as resilience in the face of high stress, and regular everyday stress.
What she, and many other scholars have found, is that compassion is key to coping. The compassionate tend to have deeper connections with others and more friends. They are more forgiving and have a stronger sense of life purpose. Compassion has also been seen to have a direct personal benefit as the compassionate tend to be happier, healthier, more self-confident, less self-critical, and more resilient.
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