Compassion

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You may wonder what you could do to make the world a better place. How can you have a positive effect on others? How you can help? Well the answer is simple. Show compassion. The definition of compassion is, the sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. It means to acknowledge the issues and problems of others, and having the intent to relieve some of their stress. It’s to comfort, to care, and to understand. Compassion literally means to suffer together.

Compassion is vital to our humanity. It strengthens all of our relationships, from friendships to marriages, from family bonds to co-workers. Showing compassion can and often is a difference maker in people’s lives. It reminds them that they’re not alone and that their well-being matters. Furthermore, being compassionate is hugely beneficial to yourself. It physically makes you feel good. Compassion activates circuits in the brain that induce pleasure. When activated, these circuits are strengthened and cause lasting increases in self-happiness.

A little compassion goes a long way. Some ways of showing more compassion are: to take greater notice of your co-workers and those who you come into contact with on a daily bases; encourage and display more positive contact with others; welcome more authenticity and open communication; take on the perspective of others.

Begin with self-compassion. It will be difficult to have compassion for others if you don’t first have it for yourself.

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