According to psychologist Dr. Barbara Fredrickson of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the regular practice of Loving-Kindness Meditation builds a platform for lasting happiness.
Her theories hold that, “people’s daily experiences of positive emotions compound over time to build a variety of consequential personal resources.” Research to test her hypothesis, showed that over time the practice of Loving-Kindness Meditation (LKM) “produced increases in daily experiences of positive emotions,” – increased mindfulness, purpose in life, social support, decreased illness symptoms, life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms.
Who wouldn’t want that?
So, what’s Loving-Kindness Meditation? Briefly, it’s the practice of meditative exercises, which direct love, compassion and kindness toward one’s self, loved ones, friends, acquaintances and others.
To learn more: https://www.mindful.org/a-loving-kindness-meditation-to-boost-compassion/
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Frederickson, B., 2008. Open Hearts Build Lives: Positive Emotions, Induced Through Loving-Kindness Meditation, Build Consequential Personal Resources. Online [available at]: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156028/ Accessed January 13, 2018.
Greater Good Science Center, 2016. A Loving-Kindness Meditation to Boost Compassion. Online [available at]: https://www.mindful.org/a-loving-kindness-meditation-to-boost-compassion/ Accessed January 13, 2018.