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Braincare pillar 7: Compassion

Love, kindness, altruism—all vital to life as we know it. Let’s take a look at the science behind the emotion.


Good for the heart, good for the head

Caring is good for you. Not just for your mental health, but also for the functioning of your brain, and for your longevity. As the Dalai Lama puts it, ‘love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries’.

But surrounded by the panic and competition of the modern world, it’s not always easy. Take a look at our thoughts on how to keep compassion in mind.

Braincare podcast

The science of compassion

In this episode, Dan talks to the founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford, Dr James Doty, about intuition, magic shops, and how being kind affects your brain.

Alone in a lecture hall

For the nerdy

Want a little extra reading on compassion?

The effects of compassion training on cognitive ability

Compassion and body image

How self-compassion can affect psychosocial outcomes