Most of us seek happiness by approaching what we desire, avoiding what we dislike or fear and ignoring all the rest. In this lecture, Charles Raison, professor of psychiatry at the UA's Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, will present a radically different approach to enhancing well-being; one that embraces conflict and frustration as a means to produce internal changes linked to happiness.
Derived from ancient Tibetan lojong Buddhist teachings, this approach has been secularized into a technique known as cognitively-based compassion training. Raison will introduce this technique and present evidence that compassion training has the potential to optimize emotional and physical health through a variety of interrelated effects, including improving emotional and biological stress responses and enhancing the brain's empathic responses to others in ways that might reduce depression.
This lecture is part of the UA's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series on the subject of happiness.