Meditation doesn’t just make you a better person mentally and physically, but it could also make you a better person when it comes to compassion.
A new study from Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers shows thatmeditation can improve compassion and do-gooder behavior. The new findings are published in the journal Psychological Science.
For the study, researchers tested study participants’ compassionate behavior after they underwent meditation sessions. Specifically, they did eight-week-long training sessions in two meditation types, after which they were tested to see if they would help someone (who was really an actor) in pain and using crutches while sitting in a fake waiting room.