In Buddhism, there are Four Sublime States (brahmavihāras, sometimes called the immeasurables). According to the history, they were taught directly by the Buddha.
- Lovingkindness (metta) – an unconditional desire for all living things to be happy
- Compassion (karuna) – a desire to relieve suffering of others
- Sympathetic Joy (mudita) – rejoicing in the good fortune and happiness of others
- Equanimity (upekkha) – a detached acceptance of existence, good and bad
They are considered by Buddhists to be a strong tool to fight negative attitudes and feelings. I consider them to to be very strong tools to be more virtuous.