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What Is Compassion and How Can It Bring Happiness and Build Resilience?

By Brandel France de Bravo

Compassion is one of those words that no one is entirely sure about.  What is it, and how is it different from empathy, pity, or plain-old kindness? I wasn’t really able to answer those questions either until I took an eight-week meditation course developed at Stanford University called Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™). Dr. Kelly McGonigal, who helped create the curriculum and trained me to become a CCT teacher, says that compassion “is actually a human strength that …evolved to help you meet […]

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