This question has been haunting me for a while since I noticed that in the Hospice volunteers' meeting, 80% of the volunteers were women. We rarely see men volunteering in the Hospice whether they are working or retired. I decided to research this topic a little further and came across many research reports on this subject. Roberto Mercadillo of the National Autonomous University of Mexico compared men and women's brain activation while they were experiencing compassion. He asked participants to lie in an fMRI scanner and showed them sad images meant to elicit compassion. Both men and women reported experiencing the same levels of compassion in response to the photographs. However, the regions of the brain activated in men were different than those in women. In self-report questionnaires, women do, in general, report experiencing more compassion in their lives than men report doing. There may be a number of reasons why they report it more. Differences in compassion expression in men and women are probably in large part due to different socialization processes. We know that brain changes in response to experience. A large body of research has shown that men and women have very different experiences and that they are socialized extremely differently as of infancy. In a study of human touch by Dacher Keltner, participants were asked to communicate different emotions by touching another participant's hand. They were also asked to guess what emotion was being communicated when their partner touched their hand. The participants could not see each but guessed each other’s emotion simply through a touch of the hand. When both partners were men, the odds of them guessing that the emotion being communicated was sympathy was no greater than chance. When at least one of the participants was a woman, however, participants were more accurate. Since sympathy is seen as a more “feminine” trait more acceptable for women to express, women may have learned to both communicate and recognize it more easily. Another reason women may have learned to express compassion more easily emerges from the work of Shelley Taylor, at UCLA, who found that men and women respond differently to stress. These differences may have certainly have trained women to express compassion more explicitly. Taylor found that the "fight or flight" response is characteristic of men whereas women tend toward a different tendency: "tend and befriend." Women faced with a stressful situation are more likely to respond by socializing, bonding with others and seeking protection and nurture within a community. (Perhaps, this is the reason why women share their problems more easily in this forum) Finally, women may at times have higher levels of Oxytocin - sometimes called the "cuddle hormone" or "love hormone" because it is linked to bonding, social connection and monogamy. It is produced in women during labor and lactation in women and is believed to trigger bonding and nurturing behaviors. Please share your thoughts. Note: Kindly understand that the author's intention is not to downplay the capabilities or the compassionate attitude of any gender through this article. It is an analysis I have carried out after experiencing more women volunteers in the Hospice than men.