Global Health News
Compassion - The Secret Sauce For Success
Condensed by L.D. Ramirez (sourced from an CNN News article by Jen Christensen)
Want to be happier? Seeking deeper connections with family, friends, and colleagues? Try a little compassion.
Compassion, as one scholar describes it, is "experiencing feelings of loving kindness toward another person's affliction." It's related to, but a little different from empathy, which the same scholar defines as "sharing another person's feelings or emotions."
Amishi Jha, an associate professor of psychology who has taught mindfulness and compassion to students, athletes, and military personnel, says that "Compassion is 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 has direct personal benefits as well. The compassionate tend to be happier, healthier, more self-confident, and more resilient. They also become more accepting of their own failings.
How would one go about becoming more compassionate, then? Scholars suggest one or both of the following: (a) Loving Kindness Meditation and (b) compassion training. Personally, I recommend reading and reflecting on passages from The Bible everyday.