Being compassionate makes you feel good…

“When people are less focused on self and the problems of the self, there is a kind of alleviation of stress.

There is nothing like reaching out and contributing to the lives of others to give a person, first of all a sense of significance and purpose…”

Stephen Post is a Professor of Preventive Medicine and the Director and Founder of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. He was previously a professor in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University and a Senior Research Scholar at the Becket Institute of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University.

Science of Compassion Visual Maps

Artwork by Timothy Corey and Patti Dobrowolski

The scientific evidence suggests that compassion is good for your health and for the world…

“We know from science that…

  • to flourish and thrive one must be compassionate;
  • being compassionate increases longevity up to twofold;
  • being compassionate decreases your stress and decreases markers of inflammation;
  • being compassionate is what we were fundamentally designed for.”

James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education as Stanford University School of Medicine.

Science of Compassion Research…