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How Happiness Leads to Healthier Lives

Oct. 23 - Compassion Training as a Path to Genuine Happiness with Dr. Charles Raison, Department of Psychiatry and the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Most of us seek happiness by approaching what we desire, avoiding what we dislike or fear, and ignoring the rest. Raison presents a different approach to enhancing well-being, one that embraces conflict and frustration as a means to produce internal changes linked to happiness. Derived from ancient Buddhist teachings, this approach has been secularized into a technique known as Cognitively-Based Compassion Training. Raison will present evidence that compassion training has the potential to optimize emotional and physical health by improving stress responses and enhancing the brain's empathic responses to others.

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