Encourages Kindness

meditation-image-8According to neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, meditation helps to encourage kindness. Meditation trains individuals to foster a positive emotional state and cultivate positive responses like benevolence. Compassion meditation constitutes visualizing someone the individual cares about, then capturing those feelings of love and kindness, and extending them towards others, regardless whether one likes them or not. When exposed to stimuli like a woman’s screams or a baby’s laughs, participants in the study who practiced compassion meditation displayed increased activity in certain regions of the brain associated with understanding others’ emotions. The researchers concluded that regularly practicing compassion meditation could train people to take kindness felt towards loved ones and direct it towards anyone.