Dr. James Doty on the Magic of True Happiness, Wellbeing & Self Compassion


How can you be happier and more loving towards yourself? Dr. James Doty, M.D., founder and director of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE), neuroscientist, NYT bestselling author, and adjunct professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine grew up in poverty with a toxic home environment. One fateful day he stumbled into a magic shop, and his life completely changed. He shares how to honor your own strength and worth, how to manifest feeling good, how to see the beauty in your brokenness, how to sustain a sense of wellbeing, and how you can truly be happy.

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– Email Dr. Doty at jrdoty@stanford.edu


1. Within ourselves is an incredible amount of strength and capacity to do what we think is impossible.
2. You deserve to be loved. You are worthy.
3. When you want something to manifest, your intention has to be directed at being of service to others. True happiness is about being of service and having a purpose.
4. The bad experiences are the ones that give you great insight into yourself. They show your resilience. They teach you wisdom. Carry the high and low moments without being attached.
5. All of us on some level are broken, but we’ve been repaired. And that brokenness is not something to be ashamed of. It is that brokenness that has allowed us to become the special person that we are.
6. If you want to be happy, you must be able to stand up, be your authentic self, and accept yourself. It’s okay to be who you are. Nobody has the right to judge you. No one is perfect.
7. What people actually want is someone who is not afraid of showing their humanity.
8. If you’re attuned to being of service without the need to prove anything, then you’re accomplishing what you’re supposed to accomplish. Wellbeing is about being comfortable with who you are, knowing who you are, and living a life that is focused on being of service and a purpose in your life.

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