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The Science of Compassion: A Modern Approach for Cultivating Empathy, Love, and Connection

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Publisher's Summary

Breakthrough science and practical tools for cultivating compassion.

Why is compassion so powerful? Like many forms of spirituality and meditation, compassion practice has been shown by research to enhance your health, psychological well-being, relationships, and sense of purpose. "The unique quality of compassion," teaches Dr. Kelly McGonigal, "is that its benefits extend to the one who offers it, the one who receives it, and all those who witness compassion in action."

With The Science of Compassion, this acclaimed researcher presents a practical workshop to help you understand what makes compassion work - and how you can cultivate it in your life.

The Power of Choosing Compassion

Compassion can be a difficult choice to make - after all, why would we deliberately choose to add another person's pain to our own? "Not only does our compassion ease the suffering of others," teaches Dr. McGonigal, "Our brain, heart, and entire physiology are tuned to support us when we make the courageous decision to be compassionate." In this seven-hour training intensive, she provides invaluable tools and guidance for overcoming emotional fatigue, empathic distress, self-judgment, and other obstacles that can keep us closed down and afraid to reach out.

"Compassion is an embodied state that prepares us to take positive action," says Dr. McGonigal. Here is an audio course filled with cutting-edge science, inspirational stories, and research-based practices to help you build your capacity for generosity, empathy, and kindness - and become a compassionate force in the world.

©2016 Kelly McGonigal (P)2016 Sounds True

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    David 10-09-16
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    "Life-Changing"

    This is probably one of the most powerful and life-changing books I have ever listened to on Audible. I have felt more connected to others since I began listening to it. I have experienced an increase in self-compassion, an increased sense of well-being, and an overall sense of equanimity. It has enriched my life. A heartfelt thanks to Kelly McGonigal for another excellent book.

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    Eric Quentin Cushman 10-09-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Great Book by Kelly McGonigal"

    Again Dr. McGonigal has melded the wisdom of the East with current advancements in neuroscience. I am grateful.for the tools she provides to the seekers.

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    Valentin Mendez Rodriguez 11-30-16
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    "Wonderful, scientific and enjoyable"
    Would you listen to The Science of Compassion again? Why?

    Yes, it is full of scientific information and it contains inspiring stories


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book is presented in an easy to understand fashion, and includes a loto of important scientific data to understand the basis of compassion.


    What about Kelly McGonigal’s performance did you like?

    Kelly has the amazing skill to be clear, simple and deep at the same time. Her voice reflects her love for science and her humanity.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Noup. I prefer to listen this books in different moments, so I can reflect upon the data and also memorize some info for my work as Compassion teacher.


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    Sean A. Conley Afghanistan 10-12-16
    Sean A. Conley Afghanistan 10-12-16

    tool of the government

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    "science doesn't belong in the title"

    Science is either improperly represented or not used to back any assertion made in this book. The handful of "studies" presented in this book do not show causation but merely correlation and the majority of the author's evidence for her claims are generally anecdotal stories. She attributes many claims to spiritually and even at times to God.

    The narration although not the worst thing in the world reads most statements as questions or sound as a new world guru. Again, not suitable for a title claiming to represent any form of science or serious study.

    Basically this reads and sounds more like a self help book, not a collection of studies that show causal effects or reason towards compassion. If you choose to purchase this book anyways, be prepared to meditate with the author over and over again as she'll ask you to do over and over again.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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