What is Compassion?
There are numerous definitions of "compassion." One that I like is Paul Gilbert's:
“a basic kindness,
with a deep awareness
of the suffering
of oneself and
of other living things,
the wish and effort
to relieve it.”
How Can Compassion Help Me?
Research has shown that self-compassion reduces stress, anxiety and depression, increases happiness, facilitates problem solving, and helps individuals maintain healthier lifestyle habits.
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How Can Compassion Help Others?
"Humans thrive in communities– we are meant to be social. And, compassion is a critical tool in creating strong connections and building relationships. By truly understanding and caring about what others are experiencing, you become better able to respond in helpful ways. Compassion can help you approach situations with kindness and interest, an approach that creates trust. From that strong foundation, lasting relationships can be built and potential problems can be tackled together." (Source)
How Did Compassion Evolve in Humans?
"Compassion emerged as a distinct affective state and trait because it enhances the welfare of vulnerable offspring, because it is a desirable emotion or attribute in mate selection processes, and because it enables cooperative relations with non-kin." (Source)
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University
Self-Compassion | Dr. Kristin Neff
The Compassionate Mind Foundation
Test How Self-Compassionate You Are
Compassionate Organizations Quiz