Hard-wired for compassion

Science is learning that we are hard-wired for compassion and helping. If we see another being suffering, if we hear of it, we are moved. Being moved, we are more apt to be moved more. This is chemical, this is in the brain, this is physical as well as mental. Helping once gives us a physical shot which prepares us to help again and help more.

This is one answer to how to reach people: talk about the suffering of others, talk about people who have helped and are helping and invite others to the party. Invite them to their own party.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on April 27th, 2008 | No Comments »

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