By Barb Bartlett. Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, is the People Pro. A workplace cutlure expert, she offers keynote, seminars and consultation to increase teamwork and productivity. For more information on her programs and services, please contact Capitol City Speakers Bureau.
Looking for more serenity and ways to be happier? Hoping for better connections with friends and family? Try a little compassion.
Compassion is defined as “experiencing feelings of loving kindness toward another person’s affliction.” It’s related to empathy, which is feeling another’s emotions, but is rooted in kindness.
Amishi Jha, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Miami, has conducted research on attention, compassion and mindfulness. She has found that compassion is the key to coping. The compassionate tend to have deeper connections with others and more friends. They are more forgiving and have a stronger sense of life purpose.
Compassion also has direct personal benefit. The compassionate tend to be happier, healthier, more self-confident, less self-critical and more resilient.
A large industry exists to teach you compassion, but you don’t have to spend money to improve. You can start with an exercise called the Loving Kindness Meditation. All you need is a quiet corner and about 20 minutes or so.
Try a little compassion in your life!
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