Compassion Is Good For Your health
"That human beings have an innate instinct for compassion is not something anybody needed science to prove, of course. But research is beginning to answer one vexing question: Is compassion a fixed personality trait, locked in by nature and nurture, or can higher states of compassion be cultivated? Scientific studies suggest that we can learn to be compassionate and that compassion can even physically change the wiring of our nervous systems."
This is from an interesting article by Larry Gallagher in the July/August 2011 issue of OdeWire
To science’s deep frustration, nature regularly confounds our attempts to predict its next move.