What is Compassion and Is it a Quality You Value?

July 5, 2010

Compassion is also known as empathy, mercy, care, concern, sensitivity, warmth, tolerance, kindness and charity. The opposite of compassion is cruelty and indifference.

Compassion is an important quality in life as the more we have it for others the better we feel about ourselves, the better we see the world, and – here’s the bonus – the more compassion is given back to us when we need it most.

Compassion isn’t just about doing things for others, because we could walk around doing things for others every day and despise doing it. The key is having those feelings of empathy, understanding, mercy, sensitivity, care and concern.

The actions that stem from compassion are the acts of kindness that we do, and those acts should give us joy and satisfaction in the knowing that we’ve given and shared something important with a fellow human – even if that human is a total stranger and even if the action of kindness is stretching for you. As we gently stretch outside of our comfort we grow because we often learn valuable lessons about ourselves and the world as we know it.

I urge you to stretch your compassion outward and be more sensitive and caring. Be more merciful. Share kindnesses with others, even if they are small kindnesses. See what treasures you find in that state of giving and love for others.

Share your comments about compassion and giving in the comments section below; I love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!!

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soloric July 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
And you et an account on Twitter?

Giovanna July 14, 2010 at 12:50 AM

My Twitter account is @giovannamealer – also I will review your request to quote me if you fill out the contact form with all the information and include the site on which you would be quoting me. Thank you.

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