Noun: compassion; plural: compassions
sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
“the victims should be treated with compassion”
Synonyms: pity, sympathy, empathy, fellow feeling, care, concern, solicitude, sensitivity, warmth, love, tenderness, mercy, leniency, tolerance, kindness, humanity, charity
Antonyms: indifference, cruelty
Compassion is the result of expressing empathy for others’ suffering. It is one of the most quintessential components to living a peaceful and harmonious life and brings immediate and long-term happiness when practiced.
When there is a desire to develop compassion in your life, the key is to make it a daily practice. Start each day with meditation, when interacting with people practice compassion and when preparing for sleep, reflect on compassion. By incorporating this practice into our daily lives, it becomes a part of us.
Compassion also carries positive physical benefits. Practicing compassion has shown to increase DHEA by 100%. DHEA is an anti-aging hormone. Practicing also reduces cortisol by 23%, which is the stress hormone.
Compassion feeds spiritual and emotional being as well. It allows us to be happier and to share our happiness with those around us. Most of us desire peace and happiness and to share with others so it is logical to practice compassion to achieve that which we can have as quickly as right now.