Psychology | Psychology

The Important Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy

Effective leadership is all about understanding which tool to use at the right time.

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

What Is Compassion Fatigue?

Here’s how to retain your humanity even if you’re feeling burned out. 

Psychology | Psychology

The Science Behind: Empathy

We also have the tremendous ability to consciously choose to put ourselves in other people’s shoes and take on their perspective.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links


We believe in the power of Contagiously Inspiring Stories. As an opposing force to the torrent of negative news that leaves people numb, we put positive change makers in the spotlight. With our stories we want to inspire you to also have positive impact.

News | Heroes & Heroines

Emotional Photo of 5-Year-Old Helping Brother With Leukemia Shows How Cancer Affects the Whole Family | Parents

The children's mom Kaitlin Burge took to Facebook, writing, "You always hear about the financial and medical struggles, but how often do you hear about the struggles families with other children face?"

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Behaving Compassionately helps us both Externally and Internally

What does it feel like to engage in compassionate actions? Learn about the feeling of compassion, how it affects us internally, and the impact of external reactions.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

The Doctor Who Can Feel Peoples' Pain Is Teaching Us About Empathy

Joel Salinas can literally feel his patients' pain. But as scientists are learning, there's more to empathy than just mirroring someone else.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

How Helping People Affects Your Brain

It truly is better to give than receive, biologically speaking. The brain gives us an emotional boost when we put others first and do something selfless.

Psychology | Personality

Study: High-Empathy People Process Music Differently In The Brain - Study Finds

People who more deeply feel the happiness or sadness of others process music differently in the brain than people who do not possess such high levels empathy, a new study finds.

Pets & Animals | Cat & Dog Resources

The Lassie Effect: Study Looks at Empathy in Dogs | The Bark

Dogs are thought to be very aware of people’s emotions, but if a pup’s owner was really upset, would he actually go out of his way to offer help and comfort? Some not only will, a new study found, they’ll overcome obstacles to do it.

Advice & Self-Help | advice and self help

People Who Enjoying Cleaning The House Are Happier, More Empathic, Survey Finds

People who keep a clean home are not only happier, but more relaxed and focused than those who are messy, a new survey finds. What's more: children in cleaner home study more and show greater empathy.

Psychology | Relationships

Study breaks down the healing effects of a loving touch

Holding a partner's hand - especially if they are empathetic and biologically synced up to you - can diminish the feeling of pain, according to a new study from Colorado University, Boulder.

Psychology | Relationships

New Study Proves That Humans Love Dogs More Than They Love Humans

Do you love dogs? Or do you know someone who does? We can already see you nodding your heads. It comes as no surprise that the bond between humans and dogs transcends all scientific laws. From time to time, stories keep popping up about pet-owners who wen

Psychology | Health & Wellbeing

To Be More Empathetic, Pay Attention to Your Own Body

A new study found that people who focused on their heartbeats were better at understanding what those around them were feeling.

News | Animal Links

Your Dog Can ‘Catch’ Your Feelings

A new study looks at emotional contagion between dogs and humans.

Science & Technology | Virtual Reality

Can Virtual Reality Teach Empathy?

In November 2015, middle school students from Westchester County, New York, found themselves on a windswept field in South Sudan mingling with a crowd ...

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

5 Tips for Interacting With a Narcissist

When you know you'll be around a narcissist, or observing one in action, use these strategies to take care of yourself—and grow during the process.

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

How living with an open heart and empathy creates hope

When I read James Doty’s New York Times bestseller, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain, I was thoroughly enchanted. His story inspired me to believe that my future could be brighter than I can currently

Psychology | Psychology & Psychological Research

Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior

The mental calisthenics required to live inside a fictional character’s skin foster empathy for the people you meet day-to-day. And, surprisingly, not all types of reading have the same effect.

Miscellaneous | Interesting & Helpful Information

A Meditation on Lovingkindness

It's important that we learn to evoke a lovingkindness and friendliness towards ourselves and others. This meditation works to plant the seeds of...

Family & Parenting | Family and Parenting

Empathetic Listening - How to Listen So Your Kids Will Too - Hey Sigmund

Empathetic listening will deepen the connection with your child, open them up to your guidance, and grow their emotional intelligence.

Advice & Self-Help | Advice

Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice?

Life offers endless opportunities to test your empathy—the ability to feel for and with others—sometimes to its breaking point.

News | Interesting Links

Horses can recognise human emotion, new study shows

Psychologists have shown for the first time that horses are able to distinguish between positive and negative human facial expressions

News | Interesting Links

Musical Preferences Can Indicate Cognitive Style

Interesting new research suggests a person’s thinking style is a predictor of their taste in music. Psychologists from the University of Cambridge discovered

Psychology | Relationships

Washington Valedictorian's Secret Instagram Reveals Tear-Jerking Thoughts on Classmates - ABC News

Konner Sauve, 18, said he gave his classmates a real shock at the end of his graduation speech.

Advice & Self-Help | Meditation and Other Practices

Compassion Curriculum

Advice & Self-Help | Empowering Tools for Growth

5 Ways to Cultivate Empathy for Others

Did you know that empathetic people have more satisfying relationships and perform better at work? Here are 5 tips for increasing your own levels of empathy.

News | Interesting Links

13 Awesome Characteristics of Highly Sensitive People.

By Tanya Markul

Advice & Self-Help | Empowering Tools for Growth

How to Stop Absorbing Other People’s Emotions | Earth. We are one.

Emotions such as fear, anger, frustration, and immobility are energies. And you can potentially ‘catch’ these energies from people without realizing it. If you tend to be an emotional sponge, it’s vital to know how to avoid taking on an individual��

News | Good News!

Teen's Balloon Letter To Late Father Gets Beautiful Reply From Strangers 400 Miles Away

This teen asked for a sign from her late father. And that's exactly what she got from a group of compassionate strangers. Ashlynn Marracino's father spent the first decade of his daughter's life in prison and became close with her after his releas...