Science has now proven that the nice guy doesn’t always finish last. It turns out that there is a survival benefit to being compassionate and virtuous. 

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute and the USC Rossier School of Education found that individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical “pangs” of emotion are very real — they’re detectable with brain scans — and may be evidence that pro-social behavior is part of human survival. –Science Daily

Writing Prompt: Write a scene in which an act of compassion changes a character’s destiny.

Journaling Prompt: Write about how thinking/acting in a compassionate manner has helped you be more successful in your life.

Art Prompt: Compassion

Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience a story about someone who needs their help. Include a strong call to action.

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One Response to Prompt #46: Survival through Compassion

  1. I’m not sure if compassion has advanced me in life, but I wouldn’t want to live without it. Fairness, compassion, kindness–all these values come before me, the “self.” I’d feel to guilty, and be unhappy otherwise.

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