Nature and Compassion

“Nature might be red in tooth and claw, but even a glimpse of greenery can make us behave in kinder, gentler ways…I've written before about the powerful mental benefits of communing with nature – it leads to more self-control, increased working memory, lower levels of stress and better moods – but a new study by psychologists at the University of Rochester find that being exposed to wildlife also makes us more compassionate.” — Jonah Lehrer (The Frontal Cortex)