Too often we think of compassion as a squishy soft skill– a “nice to have” in a sea of life’s more mandatory requirements. But in this episode of NPR’s Ted Radio Hour, host Guy Raz and his thought-provoking lineup of speakers make a compelling case for why compassion should be regarded as a necessary virtue, not simply an optional one– especially during those emotionally-charged, high stakes situations  when the search for common ground often gets pushed to the back burner or thrown out the window altogether. This is a must-listen for anyone who considers themselves compassionate, everyone who struggles with compassion, and all of us who are looking to boost our own compassion quotient.


From the NPR website: Compassion is a universal virtue, but is it innate or taught? Have we lost touch with it? Can we be better at it? In this hour, TED speakers explore compassion: its roots, its meaning and its future.

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