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Your Brain Is Hardwired for Love

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D | 5:34


Perhaps the most startling finding for meditation and beginners comes with what's called compassion or loving kindness meditation. This is a practice that often accompanies the mindfulness of the breath, for example, people will do at the end of a session, they bring to mind people who've been kind to them.

They think of themselves, they think of people, they love people, they know everyone everywhere and wish them well, and may they be safe, happy, healthy, free from suffering. And it turns out that the repetition of those phrases is psychoactive, it actually changes the brain, and how you feel right from the get go.

We find, for example, that people who do this meditation, who've just started doing it, actually are kinder, they're more likely to help someone in need, they're more generous, and they're, they're happier, it turns out that the brain areas that help us or that make us want to help someone that we care about, also connect with circuitry for feeling good. So it feels good to be kind.

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