Medical Monday: How compassion impacts the brain

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Kindness and compassion can positively impact your health.

Dr. Hoda Elzawahry is a neurologist and says showing compassion and empathy toward others can actually make us happier.

"Researchers at The University of Chicago did some studies in which they had subjects sitting in what's called a functional MRI machine. It's a type of MRI where different areas of your brain light up when they're being utilized. So, they showed people pictures of individuals who were suffering or in pain. What occurred was the areas in the subject's brain that perceives first hand experiences of pain lit up," explained Dr. Elzawahry.

Click on the interview attached to this article to hear Dr. Elzawahry explain more about the medical benefits of compassion.