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Building our motivation for cultivating compassion

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With an understanding of the different types of compassion and suffering, we are well equipped to begin cultivating compassion.

However, before we start, it is useful to reflect upon the benefits of cultivating compassion, as this can fuel and sustain our motivation to develop greater compassion in our daily life.The benefits of compassion have been well documented by scientific research since the early 2000s (Lutz et al., 2008).

Research has shown the cultivation of compassion can: Feeling compassion is energizing and fulfilling. Psychology research has explored the phenomenon of “feeling good about doing good” (Hui et al., 2020).

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