Fireside Conversations with Dr. Roger
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Hardwired for Kindness
March 11, 2016 
Dear  ,

 
While driving the other day, I read the bumper sticker on the car in front of me. "Be kind," it said. With all of the other infective and negative messages out there, this simple, but positive, message resonated with me.
 
The Dalai Lama teaches us that when we practice kindness and compassion, we are not only helping someone else, but are helping ourselves in the process. Practicing kindness and compassion reduces our stress levels, makes us mentally and physically healthier, strengthens our immune systems, makes us happier, and has been linked to greater longevity.
 
In fact, according to science, we are hardwired to help one another. Emma Seppala, Phd, associate director of The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at the Standford School of Medicine tells us, "It's part of human evolution. Darwin's message was not 'survival of the fittest' (a phrase coined later by Herbert Spencer), but rather 'survival of the kindest' - because we need each other's support and care to survive as a species." Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkely, uses the term "compassionate instinct" to describe this natural and automatic response.
 
Want to be happier, healthier and age more successfully? Look for simple ways where you can practice kindness and compassion - smiling more, actively listening to what others are saying, becoming more forgiving and letting go of anger, seeing a need someone has and filling it - these are all great places to start. You'll be happier, and the world will be a better place for it!

Live Long, Live Well! 

A Message From Dr. Roger About Kindness and Compassion

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. 
If you want to be happy, practice compassion."   
 ~Dalai Lama


Dr. Roger Landry is the award-winning author of Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging.
 
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