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Compassion: Our First Instinct

Compassion: Our First Instinct | CALM | Scoop.it

Compassion: Our First Instinct

Science shows that we are actually wired for compassion, not self-interest.

Our acts of compassion uplift others and make them happy. We may not know it, but by uplifting others we are also helping ourselves; research by Fowler and Christakis has shown that happiness spreads and that if the people around us are happy, we, in turn become happier.


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Extensive exploration of compassion from how we cultivate it to how it benefits our bodies, minds and mood. Practicing compassion wards off stress, depression, illness and increases happiness, longevity, and desired behavior. Compassion changes the world. 

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According to the article, “Compassion is defined as the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help.  It is not surprising that compassion is a natural tendency since it is essential for human survival.” While perhaps it is a natural tendency, it is not an overly common occurrence in today’s dog-eat-dog world.  However, if people were truly committed to extending compassion on a more regular basis, we would all be in a better place.  How about starting a trend today?!

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7 New Strategies for Happiness

7 New Strategies for Happiness | CALM | Scoop.it

New research from the science of positive psychology has found a number of practical exercises you can do to boost your happiness and decrease your depression.

Choose one of the following 7 exercises and practice it for 1 week...


- See more at: http://blog.viapros.org/2013/01/03/7-new-strategies-for-happiness/#sthash.HrGv5n1R.dpuf

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How to Manage Negativity and Use It to Your Advantage

How to Manage Negativity and Use It to Your Advantage | CALM | Scoop.it
We live in a world of ups and downs, but handling the positive aspects tends to come a bit easier than the negative. With the right skill set, however, you can manage negativity when it comes your way.
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7 Reasons You Should Meditate

7 Reasons You Should Meditate | CALM | Scoop.it

Sitting in total silence, palms facing upward and eyes closed, mouthing the traditional "Ommmmm" sounds, would seem a practice for monks and other ascetic humans. Turns out, various types of mindful meditation (no Tibetan temple needed) can fit perfectly into the lives of a 9-to-5 business man or woman. And plenty of science suggests the benefits can be great. Here are seven enlightening benefits from Mind Games.

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Better sex, better problem-solving, the list goes on ...

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When you're at rest, your brain's right side hums

When you're at rest, your brain's right side hums | CALM | Scoop.it
There's plenty of brain activity even when people are thinking nothing at all.

here's plenty of brain activity even when people are thinking nothing at all. But it's the brain's right side — for most people the less-dominant half — that stays busiest while you're at rest, according to surprising new findings.

Researchers found that during periods of wakeful rest, the right hemisphere of the brain chatters more to itself than the left hemisphere does. It also sends more messages to the left hemisphere than vice versa. Surprisingly, this remains true whether the owner of the brain is left- or right-handed.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/10/18/when-youre-at-rest-your-brain-right-side-hums/#ixzz2abLSg7zf


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The benefits of doing nothing at all! I feel more calm already! 

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» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind

» 20 Ways to Relax & Unwind | CALM | Scoop.it
Sometimes when we’re exhausted, we gravitate toward activities that drain us even more. Or we think we don’t deserve to take a break, so we ignore our
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