Keys to compassion

Compassion is recognising distress in others and taking positive action to help.

Being compassionate embodies a practical expression of empathy for people who may be suffering. It is the process of demonstrating humanity, warmth and kindness to people who are experiencing difficulty either physically, emotionally, socially or environmentally. To be at our most compassionate, we need to be emotionally resilient and demonstrate self-compassion, accepting our strengths, areas to develop and noticing when we require our own needs.

Examples of compassion

Some examples of compassion could be offering a seat on a bus to a pregnant lady, holding a door open for someone or making a colleague a coffee if they are having a bad day.

Random acts of kindness don’t often take a lot of effort, but they really can have a positive impact on us all at different times. If someone is feeling lonely or isolated, simply asking if they are ok or if they need any help can reduce their negative thinking. Take time to listen to the video below which can show how much compassion and kindness can impact on peoples lives.

TEDxToronto – Drew Dudley Leading with Lollipops

Keys to compassion
  • Patience: The ability to accept delays, mistakes or suffering without becoming frustrated.
  • Humility: The capacity to have a modest view of your own importance in any situation.
  • Active listening: Being fully engaged in a conversation without distraction and showing appropriate feedback to show the person has been heard.
  • Sincerity or genuineness: The qualities of being honest, trusted and authentic.
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