Before you reach for that checkbook or give to a charity online, pause to think about what makes a cause good in the first place.
The myth of compassion fatigue suggests that compassion is a finite resource. The reality is that health-care providers are over-worked and need better institutional support.
Research shows empathy itself does not have any limits. If it appears limited, it is because of people's goals, values and choices.
After such a difficult political experience, empathy is the key not only to feeling connected, but feeling understood – and understanding others.
Without compassion for others and the courage to do something about it, our community is more likely to be mean-spirited and miserable than happy and generous.
A global movement aims to let compassion guide political and community life. This has obvious relevance for a competition-driven nation with a troubling capacity for harsh attitudes and policy.