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Happy Hanukkah

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To all PMA International members and supporters celebrating this holiday, may it be full of magic and wonder. May the 8 days be blessed with love, peace, understanding and compassion.
As we enjoy the festivities of these 8 days, let us remember that this holiday commemorates a miracle. You too have experienced a miracle in your own life by finding strength you never knew you had, and fighting the good fight. You discovered there is a hero in you, and even if this holiday is without your precious children, this fact alone is reason to celebrate. Celebrate, the miracle of Hanukkah 2015. Celebrate the miracle of the hero in you. We love you.


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December 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

There Could Soon Be a Pill to Make Us More Compassionate / Time

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How brain chemistry influences compassion

Biology may have a lot to do with our behavior, especially in social situations. And that means our social interactions could be manipulated by a pill.

That’s what a new study, published in the journal Current Biology, suggests. A group led by researchers at University of California Berkeley and University of California San Francisco shows that by manipulating a brain chemical, people can become more compassionate and act in prosocial ways to equalize differences.

In the study, 35 men and women visited the labs two times; each time they were randomly given a pill that keeps levels of dopamine, which is involved in reward and satisfaction, or a placebo. Neither the participants nor the scientists knew which pills were given when. The volunteers were then asked to divide money between themselves and a strangers.

When the researchers analyzed the results, they found that when the people were given the dopamine drug, they were more likely to share the money equitably compared to when they took the placebo.

The results certainly aren’t the answer to promoting more compassion in society, but they do hint that behaviors like social interaction might be affected by changing basic biological systems in the brain. “We have taken an important step toward learning how our aversion to inequity is influenced by our brain chemistry,” Ignacio Sáez, one of the study’s authors and a postdoctoral researcher at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, said in a statement. “Studies in the past decade have shed light on the neural circuits that govern how we behave in social situations. What we show here is one brain ‘switch’ we can affect.”


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March 22, 2015 at 4:44 am

Compassion / Quote

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July 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

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Care More… BE That Change!!

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