James Doty

February 10, 2018

“We know for long-lasting happiness and meaning, often times it’s being of service or caring. Because it’s your true nature.”

James R. Doty, MD, is a neurosurgeon and clinical professor at Stanford University. He shows us how to shape our own lives and of those around us by reframing, practicing compassion, and living with an open heart.

We explore how long lasting happiness often comes with being of service, or caring. It’s our true nature. If you feel daunted by the idea of civic engagement and you doubt that you can make a difference, tune into our conversation this week. One person can have an immense impact on society.


Negative talk dominates our narrative. What we tell ourselves manifests in our lives. Positive talk is based on kindness towards oneself.

Practice Compassion

When you change the way you look at the world, then the world changes the way it interacts with you. Accepting the reality of a situation means that we can be free of reacting with anger. We can be compassionate and kind.

Live with an Open Heart

When we are kind and respectful, and treat every human being with dignity, people will bend over backwards to help us. The greatest gifts in life often come through painful events, which give us character, depth, wisdom, and insight.

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James R. Doty, MD, is the founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. He is also the author of “Into the Magic Shop“, a book about how we can change our lives by practicing compassion and mindfulness.