Research on the benefits of practising compassion for ourselves and others is accruing every day. We've provided a quick synopsis of some of the major benefits below, including findings from studies that have looked at the impact of Compassion Cultivation Training and Mindful Self-Compassion Training. To find out more about the benefits of practising compassion and mindfulness, please visit our blog.
Research has shown that practising compassion has a profound impact on our mental and physical health. When we are more connected with others, we feel less stressed: feelings of support make us more emotionally resilient and can even help speed up recovery from disease.
Preliminary research looking at the impact of Compassion Cultivation Training have found that participants report significantly more connection with others, greater self-compassion, and less stress, anxiety, and depression at the completion of the program.
A number of studies have found that more self-compassion is linked to less anxiety and depression. The more self-compassionate you are, the less likely you are to engage in self-criticism, rumination, avoidance and self-isolation - processes that often contribute to feeling depressed and anxious.
Self-compassion is also associated with positive aspects of wellbeing - it is linked to happiness, optimism, and greater emotional intelligence. Practising self-compassion can also make us more resilient, more motivated to achieve our goals, and less likely to give up or feel overwhelmed when we fail or make mistakes.
A randomized controlled trial of the 8-week MSC Training found that participants reported significantly more self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion for others, and life satisfaction, and significantly less depression, anxiety, and stress.