Compassion brings both short and long-term happiness. Showing compassion not only allows you to feel better, but it helps those around you to feel better, too. Since we all want to be happy, showing compassion can be a common goal for everyone.
Cultivating compassion is a worthwhile goal. It's a significant part of being human and can make you more grateful for the many good things you already have in your life.
How can we be more compassionate?1. Have good intentions. Each day, simply have the intention of being compassionate and showing compassion to everyone you encounter. Make it a part of your morning ritual to remind yourself to be compassionate.
- Before you go to sleep at night, reflect on how you were compassionate or failed to show compassion that day. Remind yourself again to be compassionate the next day.
- When you find yourself feeling less than happy with someone, try to list as many things as you can that you share in common.
- Remember that all humans are similar in the ways that matter. For example, we all need love, attention, happiness, affection, food, and shelter.
- If you can see another person as being similar to your loved one, it will become easy to be sensitive to their suffering.
- Keep in mind that another person is someone else's loved one.
- How would you want your loved one to be treated during a challenging time?
- Appreciate yourself and the challenges that you've experienced in your own life. You'll become more capable of doing the same for others, too.
- Recognize that time you spend on yourself is time well spent. Refrain from viewing it as an act of selfishness. You're just as important as anyone else.
- Let go of needing to be perfect. Nobody's perfect, so it's a game that can't be won. If you'll stop demanding perfection of yourself, you'll stop requiring others to be perfect, too.
- It's not always easy to stay in the moment when someone is hurting, but you'll be a better person for it.
7. Remember the times that others have been unkind to you. Perhaps you can spare someone else from feeling the same pain.
Being compassionate is really a gift you give to yourself. When you're kinder to others, you learn to be kinder to yourself. You also encourage others to take an interest in your life and to direct compassion back in your direction.
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