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Top 10 Scientific Benefits of Compassion

As we begin our Rice Up Against Hunger challenge, check out these awesome side effects your child gets, along with vocabulary practice, from actively practicing compassion towards others.

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It makes us happy! (As happy as getting money!) A brain imaging study by the National Institute of Health shows th...

It makes us happy! (As happy as getting money!) A brain imaging study by the National Institute of Health shows th...
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In fact, it makes us happier than buying things for ourselves. An experiment by Michael Norton, published in SCIEN...

In fact, it makes us happier than buying things for ourselves. An experiment by Michael Norton, published in SCIEN...
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It makes others want to be around us. Kindness has been rated the most important quality in both friends and spouses.

It makes others want to be around us. Kindness has been rated the most important quality in both friends and spouses.
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It uplifts everyone around us. Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia found that seeing people help each other ...

It uplifts everyone around us. Jonathan Haidt of the University of Virginia found that seeing people help each other ...
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It spreads like wildfire! James Fowler of UC San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard demonstrated that generosit...

It spreads like wildfire! James Fowler of UC San Diego and Nicholas Christakis of Harvard demonstrated that generosit...
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It boosts our health and longevity. Several studies show that people who help others, and have a positive connection ...

It boosts our health and longevity. Several studies show that people who help others, and have a positive connection ...
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It gets us out of a funk. Anxiety and depression make us self-focused. Helping others when we are feeling blue can pu...

It gets us out of a funk. Anxiety and depression make us self-focused. Helping others when we are feeling blue can pu...
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It's the most natural thing. Research by Michael Tomasello and other scientists suggest that infants automatically sh...

It's the most natural thing. Research by Michael Tomasello and other scientists suggest that infants automatically sh...
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It gives us more time. Zoe Chance found that spending time volunteering makes us feel like we have more time and more...

It gives us more time. Zoe Chance found that spending time volunteering makes us feel like we have more time and more...
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It's good for everyone and everything. Being kind is not only good for ourselves, but also for society, communities, ...

It's good for everyone and everything. Being kind is not only good for ourselves, but also for society, communities, ...