Thanks for the artilcle.
I wonder why the American people need always from statistics, testing in the
laboratory things that en the rest of the world are obvious. Compassion
understood as the empathy towards any living being benefits with the same
equanimity women as men. As the old say addressed to everyone the same: "It's
in the giving that we receive " What a silly thing to make distintions here!.
--- On Thu, 19/8/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:
From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: [Zen] Compassion for Others Benefits Self
Date: Thursday, 19 August, 2010, 6:08
Study Shows that Women's Compassion for Others Benefits the SelfAugust 18th,
2010 in Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Dalai Lama holds that compassion -- concern for the
well-being of others -- leads to happiness. Now a new study has found that
compassion may also have health benefits in the form of stress reduction for
The study involving 59 women found that those who demonstrated high levels of
compassion for others were more receptive to social support, enabling them to
better handle acute psychological stress and maintain overall well-being,
according to psychologists at the University of Maine, University of California
- Berkeley and University of California - San Francisco.
The higher the women's compassion, the lower their blood pressure and cortisol
levels, and the higher their beneficial heart rate variability when an
emotionally stressful task was buffered by social support -- smiling, nodding
and encouraging words -- offered by another person. When the same stressor was
not buffered by social support, women experienced significant increases in
blood pressure and cortisol, regardless of their individual levels of
The research demonstrates that concern for the well-being of others does,
indeed, benefit the self. By increasing the effectiveness of social support,
compassion served a stress reduction function for women in the study.
The research findings by graduate student Brandon Cosley and psychologist
Shannon McCoy at UMaine; Laura Saslow at UC-Berkeley; and Elissa Epel at UC-San
Francisco were published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
Provided by University of Maine
"Study Shows that Women's Compassion for Others Benefits the Self." August
18th, 2010. www.physorg.com/news201365891.html