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Compassion means feeling what that person is feeling,
holding it, accepting it, and taking some kind of action.
While empathy refers more generally to our ability to
take the perspective of and feel the emotions of another
person, compassion is when those feelings and thoughts
include the desire to help.
Compassion may boost our well-being because it helps
shift the focus on from ourselves to focus on others.
Thereby, compassion can help reduce depression, as
depression is related to self-focus.
Compassion may protect against stress. Why? One
of the reasons is that compassion is so pleasurable.
Compassion increases our willingness to trust.
If you are compassionate to your employee, he or she will
be more loyal to you.
Self-compassion leads to higher levels of personal well-being. Why?
When your focus is on self-compassion, you are willing to look at
your own mistakes with kindness and understanding,
because you accept that making mistakes is human.
4 step compassion action plan
1. When a person in your life is acting in a counterproductive manner, take a step back
and ask yourself what might be motivating that behavior.
2. Recognize that if the person is acting that way, he or she may be suffering somehow.
3. Take the time to think about what might be causing this negativity.
4. Approach the other person with a genuine desire to help reduce the suffering and to
find common, constructive ground to move forward.
The simplest way to show students you care and have compassion
for them is to tell them often and in different ways.
1. Praise students for what they do.
2. Ask students questions about their day.
3. Attend events that students are involved in.
When a person close to you makes a mistake, this is how you can
respond with compassion:
1. Take a step back. Take time to cool off.
2. See the situation from the person’s perspective.
3. Forgive the person. That strengthens your relationship with
the person and improves many other things.
Source of inspiration
8 step compassion exercise
1. Set a timer for 4 minutes.
2. Sit comfortably, relax, and focus your attention on your breath to let your mind settle.
3. Recall a person, who is experiencing challenges.
4. Be aware of how it must feel for the person experiencing the challenges.
5. Breathe out everything that you imagine this person needs, for example warmth and
strength. Imagine that the warmth and strength enter the person.
6. Breathe in to imagine removing all the pain and suffering that the person experiences.
7. When you’re ready, let go of the person and return your attention to your breath.
8. When you’re ready, let go of the practice and notice how you feel.