8 Great Ways To Be a More Compassionate You

Even in a stressful world, we can practice compassion. Compassion is defined as a sympathetic concern for the hardship of others. But what exactly does it mean to have compassion? To have compassion means to empathize with someone who is suffering and to feel compelled to reduce the suffering. Implement these 8 great ways to be a more compassionate you.

1. Practice Empathy

When you put yourself in someone else’s shoes, it deepens your perspective of life. It also helps you become more compassionate and less prone to judgmental attitudes.

2. Be Encouraging

Find someone you can encourage today. It could be as simple as greeting your cashier, leaving a big tip for your server, or letting someone know that you believe in their dreams.

3. Give Back When You Shop

You don’t have to donate millions to charity organizations to experience the rewards of giving. You can focus on giving in small ways like using Amazon Smile when you shop. Simply select a charity and 0.5% of your spending will be sent their way.

4. Say Thanks

If possible, say “thank you” to everyone who waits on or serves you. This could be the nurse at your doctor’s office, the server at your favorite restaurant, or simply the person who holds the door open for you at the grocery store. You never know who needs to feel appreciated today.

5. Compliment Others

A kind word can turn someone else’s whole day around. Plus, compliments help to break the ice with strangers and allow you to build meaningful relationships.

6. Be Accepting of Differences

Differences are what make human beings interesting. When you accept other people, you widen your own heart and also make those around you more comfortable.

7. Pay It Forward

One of the best ways to become a better you is by paying it forward for someone else. Next time you’re in line at the coffee shop, buy drinks for the person behind you. It’s sure to brighten their day.

8. Be Nice to Yourself

Many people are harder on themselves than they are on anyone else. The next time you’re ready to beat yourself up, ask yourself if it’s something you would say to the person you love the most in the world. If not, forgive yourself and move on.

Kindness and compassion are essential to overcoming terrible physical and mental challenges. When we respond with compassion we find hope, healing, and peace in an everchanging world.  

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