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Compassion is a key motivator of altruistic behavior, but little is known about individuals’ capacity to cultivate compassion through training.
Now, through a recent scientific study, we've learned that it's possible to become a more compassionate person by training your brain.
Researchers from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconson-Madison's Waisman Center found that engaging in compassion meditation -- where you practice feeling compassion for different groups of people, including yourself -- seemed to increase a sense of altruism.
"It's kind of like weight training," study researcher Helen Weng, a graduate student in clinical psychology at the university, said in a statement. "Using this systematic approach, we found that people can actually build up their compassion 'muscle' and respond to others' suffering with care and a desire to help."
Helen Weng is our guest this week on the Voice of Leadership, sharing more about this study and our ability to become more compassionate human beings.
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Empathy is doing something for someone and not just feeling sorry for them. Empathy as about getting our needs responded to. Ms. Reiss says, "Empathy is like, getting underneath the skin of another person, to merge temporarily with their experience, then getting out, to reflect on the experience. Empathy can be taught, although a certain endowment may be inborn, research shows that it is a mutable trait. Our study demonstrated that empathy could be increased significantly in the training group and it decreased significantly in the control group."
Muscular Facial Expression
Posture (power image of connection)
Assets (expressed emotions)
Tone of Voice
Hearing the whole person (understand the context in how other people live)
Our brain is hard wired for empathy. Normal people reflect the feelings of others. We have an internal experience of what happens to others.
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Just because we find ourselves in a difficult situation, we don’t need to stay there. Helen Woo, author of Self-Aid: Inspirations to Turn Struggles to Success, joins Karen to share her personal story of overcoming challenges (including abuse, depression, and addiction) to finding the strength to rebuild her life. She’s living proof that positive thinking, with positive action, always leads to a positive result. This interview originally aired on Empower Radio.
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Helen Woo endured her life. It wasn't living. Raised in a restrictive traditional Chinese-American household, she experienced self-esteem issues, mental and physical abuse, grief, substance abuse, betrayal and depression. Yet she still managed to have a successful career that allowed her to build a bit of a nest egg. Later, when she invested it in a partnership with a close friend, only to have her partner steal all of the assets, that betrayal was the last straw. Alone and raising a son, Woo knew something had to change-and it wasn't the world around her-it was the world within her.
Having experienced a philosophical and spiritual shift, Woo created the concept of SELF-AID--an acronym that stands for Self-Aid (self-help), Esteem, Love/Laughter, Freedom, Attitude, Integrity, Dream. Her new book SELF-AID - Inspirations to Turn Struggles into Success(January, 2015), allows her readers to be inspired and uplifted by the very quotes that ultimately turned her life around. Each quote is followed by one of her unique "Wooisms" - the ideal way to interpret the quote to engineer a shift into a higher and better way of thinking. The book, divided into each of these categories, provides SELF-AID for anyone to lift out of their doldrums or depression and move into a life filled with joy, peace, gratitude and prosperity.
Jim and Jennifer welcome Helen Woo to the show. Helen is the author of the book, "SELF-AID" - Inspirations to Turn Struggles to Success". She is also the radio talk show host: Self Aid Success Stories with Helen Woo on Toginet.com. Helen wants the world to know that just because we find ourselves in a difficult situation doesn't mean we have to stay there. We can always aid ourselves to a better life.
Join Helen Brahms and Molly Burke as we tackle some of the traveling chalenges out there to take you from a tourist to a traveler with confidence to help you get off the beaten path. Today we are going to look at Cultural Awareness when traveling. What things should you be aware of when traveling. What may be okay for you to do or say at home could be offensive in another country and land you with a hefty fine or jail time.
Sean talks with one of his favorite guests, Dr. Helen Scieszka, about her novel, "Little Girl Lost, Little Girl Found: A Story of Love, Hope, and Healing." It follows Ann, who begins to remember traumatic childhood events, and turns to her faith and her friends for help. Also, bickering brothers--on opposite ends of the political spectrum--get the smackdown of a lifetime from their mom, live on CSPAN. Also, will the Sony hack convince us to start actually talking to one another again?
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