How meditation can make the world a better place

Jack Craver, The Capital Times: Helen Weng, like thousands of other Madison residents, is reaching the end of that long crawl toward a Ph.D. Unlike many of the University of Wisconsin’s underpaid grad students, Weng already has had a taste of the limelight that is usually reserved for full-fledged professors.

The national journal Psychological Science recently published a study by Weng that suggests adults can learn to be more compassionate.

How so? Through a meditation CD, of course. And by repeating nice phrases like “may you have joy and happiness.”

This type of research — which focuses on what fosters positive thinking in…

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