Monday Mojo for Caregivers – 5 Ways to Be More Compassionate
Hello and welcome to Monday Mojo for Caregivers. By showing compassion a person not only helps the other person but in essence helps themselves as well. The reason behind this is that everything we do in life is linked through a cause and effect system. By doing good to others we receive positivity and contentment. We receive peace unlike anything we could have achieved if we only did things for ourselves. Because self-actualization is a necessity in our lives we can’t live without.
Here are 5 ways to be more compassionate:
- Smile more.
It seems simple but it’s true. Turning that frown upside down makes us (and all who see our smile) feel better. Be genuine. Let your happiness shine through on your face. When something amuses, awakens or pleases you, show it with a big smile.
- When someone irritates you, take a breath and imagine that they are in your family…
And even if they’re not, we’re all human, aren’t we? We are all mammals with lungs and minds and hearts and bones. Be kinder and gentler with our fellow beings.
- Think before you speak. (Or write online)
Pause. Consider how the person may react to your words. It’s fine to be controversial and debate and express our opinions but we can intend to do so in an open-minded, considerate, respectful way. Lacing a comment with sarcasm or expletives makes it harsh and offensive to many. Practice wise speech. Make what you say honest, helpful and timely.
- Give your undivided attention.
Really, just listening to someone who needs to communicate—listening attentively, without judging and with compassion—this is the best gift we can give another.
- Be of service in the world.
Nothing will help you find compassion within yourself and for others like coming face to face with people who have much less materially and way bigger problems than you.
Acting compassionately towards the ones you love is a practice, not a perfection. Let’s all practice more kindness, gentleness and compassion to make our lives and the world better.
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