As we face the uncertainties and possibilities of a new year, how can we build compassion for ourselves and others even in the midst of conflict?

Believe it or not, Charles Darwin argued that sympathy is humanity’s strongest instinct. He observed that animal communities with the greatest number of the most sympathetic members tended to flourish best and raise larger numbers of offspring.

 “The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.”

Charles Darwin

Every day at CIH, we see the positive effects of human connection, kindness, and an open-heart on the body’s ability to adapt to life’s challenges. On the other hand, we also observe how anger, resentment and self-loathing create internal stress strong enough to compromise the immune system.

Learn how to strengthen and flex your own empathy muscles for better health and a better world here.