Compassion is the sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of there. Compassion literally means “to suffer together”. Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering.
Compassion is not the same as empathy or altruism, though the concepts are related. Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental or emotional pains of another or themselves.
Compassion may have the ability to induce feelings of kindness and forgiveness, which could give people the ability to stop situations that have the potential to be distressing and occasionally lead to violence.
Compassion consists of 3 major requirements:
1) People must feel that troubles that evoke their feelings are serious
2) The understanding that sufferers’ troubles are not self inflicted
3) Ability to picture oneself with the same problems in a non-blaming and non shaming manner.
The key to developing compassion in your life is to make it a daily practice. Meditate upon it in the morning, think about it when you interact with others and reflect on it at night. In this way it becomes a part of your life.
Why develop compassion? Well because scientific studies have suggested the physical benefits to practicing compassion. People who practice it produce 100% more DHEA, which is a hormone that counteracts the aging process and 23% less cortisol the stress hormone.
But there are other benefits as well and these are emotional and spiritual. The main benefit is that it helps you to be more happy, and brings others around you to be more happy.
So make compassion a part of your daily life to increase your levels of happiness.