Bold Compassion Doesn’t Wear You Out
Compassion is much more than empathy for another person’s suffering and extending a helping hand. If that’s the limit of how you practice compassion, you’ll be burned out in no time. Here are a few ways to rejuvenate by expanding your practice of compassion.
- Relish in another’s joy without comparing yourself to them.
- Pay it forward because you want to, not because you feel obligated by the person who came before you, and not because you expect the next person to do it.
- Do the right thing simply because it’s the right thing, no need to be a role model for others, no expectation that others will follow suit.
- Share your joy because you’re worth it.
- Share your pain because you’re worth it.
- Ask for what you want because you’re worth it.
- Ask a curious question and listening intently for the answer.
- Support someone who turned down your offer to help.
- Share a negative feeling you have without blaming anyone for it.
- Empathize without one-upping.
- Wait to share your great idea while you explore someone else’s.
- Own up to something without excuses or explanations.
- Share your convictions without expecting others to agree.
- Assume good intentions.
If you add these behaviors to your compassion repertoire you’ll experience more joy, more energy, more resilience, better relationships, and greater social emotional intelligence. Are you struggling with compassion burnout? Check out our blog post to learn how to overcome it!