The Dalai Lama said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Practicing compassion is one thing that can cultivate, nurture, and sustain long-term happiness in our lives. I’m talking about the kind of joy that stays around, not the kind that brings us short-term happiness or immediate gratification, such as purchasing a new car or how many likes you get on a Facebook post.
Research shows that practicing compassion can be beneficial to our lives, physically and emotionally. Physically, kindness has shown to positively impact the hormone that offsets the aging process and decreases our level of cortisol, known as the stress hormone. The most important benefit is the impact it has on our happiness and the happiness of the people we interact with.
So how do we cultivate compassion?
• Practice self-compassion • Put yourself in other’s shoes • Practice kindness • Listen attentively • Be less judgmental • Appreciate what you have • Be of service to others • Practice mindfulness • Accept and embrace yours and the differences of others
I challenge you to cultivate compassion in your life.
It will change not only your life but the lives of the people around you.