The Science of Compassion

  • by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • Narrated by Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
  • 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Speech

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.


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Good information from science and Buddhist practice about how compassion interweaves with so many other positive traits. The meditation instructions were not so good imho, especially in the instruction to breathe INTO the heart rather than THROUGH it leaves the meditator filling his chest rather than his abdomen with air. But by avd large, this book was mainly about the positives and the science, and I recommend it to my friends.

Her voice was pleasant enough to listen to, but vocal fry killed the performance, and I had to work hard to dissociate the sound of Kardashians. Sorry Kelly, if you read this, but I hope you take it as encouragement to do something about it, rather than a disparagement.
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- Svein Olav Nyberg

Solid introduction to Compassion

What did you like best about The Science of Compassion? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the casual tone of this audiobook. It thought it gave a solid introduction to the topic of compassion, and made some interesting points about the scientific implications of the practice of compassion.
I would have preferred to have sources for all the studies she cited, so I could check the validity of those studies afterwards.
I did not enjoy the meditations so much, they felt a little vague to me. I also didn't get on with the idea of breathing into my heart, as it contradicts the usual practice of breathing into your belly. You end up filling the upper part of your lungs, which doesn't allow for very deep breathing.

Was The Science of Compassion worth the listening time?

I did enjoy listening to this audiobook, and as it was fairly short, I would say it was probably worth it. If you're not a big fan of meditation, you can easily skip the last chapter, which is just an hour of guided meditations.

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- Nekir

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2016
  • Publisher: Sounds True