October 1, 2019
“Compassion is passion with a heart.”
I think the thing I appreciate the most in the community where my wife and I now reside is how compassionate so many of my fellow residents and the staff are. My wife is somewhat frail these days and her memory is not what it once was. The compassion shown by our resident friends have boosted her sense of wellbeing.
I am learning everyday just how important it is for us to show honest concern for each other. Many become isolated and lonely as we age, wondering if anyone really cares. I have found that listening without being judgmental while showing empathy can make a significant difference in another’s life. All it takes is compassion.
Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another and themselves. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, an emotional aspect to suffering, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice, and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity also based on sound judgment. Compassion involves “feeling for another” and is a precursor to empathy, the “feeling as another” capacity for better person-centered acts of active compassion; in common parlance active compassion is the desire to alleviate another’s suffering.
What Are The Benefits Of Compassion?
Most people perform compassionate acts without the thought of reward. But there are benefits to behaving with compassion:
- Brings happiness – Seeing money going to charity activates the same pleasure center in the brain that triggers when charity is given to us.
- More attractive – Men and women both ranked compassion as an attractive trait in a potential mate.
- Elevates everyone’s mood – Seeing people helping each other creates a state of elevated empathy and compassion for everyone around.
- Spreads like a chain reaction – Compassionate acts inspire others to demonstrate kindness and generosity.
- Boosts health and longevity – Creating positive connections to others can boost a person’s health and make them more resistant to illnesses.
- Breaks through our own anxiety and depression – If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, try changing your focus. Helping others can pull you out of negative feelings and help you gain perspective.
“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.”
Sally took Benny to a celebratory dinner at a really posh restaurant. They walked in, were ushered to a table by a formally dressed maître d’, and sat down at a table on which were displayed the finest china and crystal.
Taking the damask napkin from the solid silver napkin ring, Benny unfolded it, put it around his neck and proceeded to tie a knot in the back.
Staring at him, the maitre d’ said, between gritted teeth, “Sir, will you be having a shave or a haircut?”
“A new poll shows that 54% of women said they would rather have a perfect body than a genius IQ. I guess with a genius IQ, they can do whatever they want. With a perfect body, you can get somebody else to do whatever you want.”
There was this couple, Mary and John, who believed they would return in another life.
They got married and, as part of their wedding vows, promised that if one died, the other would attend a seance exactly four weeks later and contact the other.
Twenty happy years later, the man dies, and the woman, Mary, sticks to her vow and visits a seance four weeks later. It went something like this:
Mary: “Is there anybody there? I’m seeking my deceased husband John. Is he there?”
Strange, booming voice: “Mary? Is that you, Mary?”
Mary: “Yes John, is that you?”
John: “Yes, it’s me.”
Mary: “How are things where you are, John? What’s it like?”
John: “Great, Mary. Everyday after breakfast we make love until lunchtime, which lasts about half-hour, then we make love until dinner. After dinner, we make love until we fall asleep. It’s great. I can’t wait until you get here.”
Mary (shocked): “Is that what Heaven’s like?”
John: “I’m not in Heaven.”
Mary (fearing the worst): “Then where are you?”
John: “I’m a rabbit in Florida!”
A couple is lying in bed. The man says, “I am going to make you the happiest woman in the world.” The woman says, “I’ll miss you.”
A witness was testifying before the court, and the prosecuting attorney was asking him questions.
“You witnessed the robbery, sir?”
“What was stolen?”
“Did you see the thieves?”
“Could you identify them?”
“Are the two men who stole the televisions in this courtroom?”
At this point, the two defendants raised their hands.
“Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.”
Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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