How To Be More Compasionate

Posted by on March 23, 2022 in Cathy's Thoughts | 0 comments

 

 

The world might benefit from more compassionate acts and attitudes, and the change can start with you.

Compassion is closely related to empathy. Empathy is about understanding and relating to someone else’s challenges. Compassion is the part of you that naturally wants to offer help.

Without compassion, life as we know it would be very different. Compassion is part of what drives positive change in the world. It inspires us to assist people in their individual lives as well as on a global scale.

Compassion is limitless and far-reaching. It can impact humans, animals, the planet, and future generations. It can enrich your life as well as the lives of those around you.

Compassion is considered both innate and learned, 2015 researchTrusted Source says. And if you want to be more compassionate, specific strategies can help to enhance it.

Finding your inner teacher

Expressions of compassion don’t come easily to everyone. If that describes you, it doesn’t mean you lack compassion.

According to Michael Kinsey, a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in New York City, behaviors you’ve learned throughout your life can get in the way of expressing compassion.

“The first tip I would give anyone seeking to feel more compassion for others is to remember that it comes to you naturally,” he says.

Unless you live with a condition that affects your ability to experience empathy, Kinsey notes that “finding compassion is just a matter of returning to your natural state of being.”

Connecting with your inner essence can help you be more compassionate by constantly reminding you to adjust your perspective in every situation and see things from your heart.

Remembering self-compassion

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