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Compassionate approach leads to more help and less punishment

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From flickr.com/photos/85608594@N00/20878994591/: Dalai Lama Compassion is the seed of inner peace and we all have the same potential
Dalai Lama Compassion is the seed of inner peace and we all have the same potential
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' Seeing a child steal a toy from a fellow playmate. Watching a stranger cut in line at the grocery store. When we witness something unjust, our emotions often shape our behavior both toward the person wronged and the wrongdoer.Compassion -- and intentionally cultivating it through training -- may lead us to do more to help the wronged than to punish the wrongdoer, new research suggests. Understanding what motivates people to be altruistic can not only inform our own behaviors, it may also play a role in creating more just societal institutions, including the legal and penal systems. It can also help researchers develop better interventions to cultivate compassion, say the authors.'  
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