Why We All NEED To Be More Compassionate

I promise this will be my last reblog today from #1000Speak for Compassion, but I just had to share this one! I especially like the author’s list of what compassion means to her, and why compassion is good for people!

Thank you, Accidentally-Reflective for this wonderful article on Compassion!


What is compassion?

“Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others:
the victims should be treated with compassion”

Source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/compassion

Literally, compassion means “to suffer together.”

Unlike empathy (which it is sometimes confused with), compassion doesn’t stop at taking another person’s perspective into account or just feeling that person’s emotions. You feel compassionate, when you also have the motivation and desire to help the suffering person.

You respond emotionally by wanting to understand the situation of a suffering person and you feel compelled to help them.

Compassion Desmond Tutu Photo Credit: 1000 Voices for Compassion Facebook Group

Are we compassionate enough? Why do we only choose to help others now and again and not all of the time?

Would you help a stranger in need if you were running late for work?

There was an opportunity that I didn’t take once. I still think about it. I was driving past a woman…

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3 thoughts on “Why We All NEED To Be More Compassionate

    1. Lol. Compassion can sometimes take the form of “tough love” where children are concerned. My father used to make eating our vegetables into a game. He’d say, “Let’s see who can eat their brussel sprouts first!” I fell for it every time, even though there was never any prize.

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