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.
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.