Why is Compassion so important?

Try to Google and you will have many answers, but here is what we found.

The qualities of compassion

Qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve. It is often, though not inevitably, the key component in what manifests in the social context as altruism.”

According to His Holiness Dalai Lama who is very compassionate spiritual leader, we live together in a society, and have to take care of each other, for survival. Our small world has been getting bigger and the global environment makes as a One Global Humanity. “I am just a human being, one of 7 billion on this planet”

Compassion is not to be mixed with Empathy which is to put yourself into another shoes, understand their feelings and have concern for them, Sympathy is to feel their pain, feel sorry for someone.

The practical meaning

An Emotional Intelligence is a new discipline and is taught in Schools. There are various aspects according to Dr. Daniel Goleman, who wrote the first book on the topic, in the middle of last century.

Obs. Compassion is an important part of Empathy, or is it all?

Harvard Business Review has had much focus on “Emotional Intelligence” and there are many books about that, and a collection with this name emphasize these concepts:

Empathy, Authentic Leadership, Happiness, Influence and Persuasion, Resilience and Mindfulness., and compassion is a part of it all.

Four Reasons Why Compassion Is Better For Humanity Than Empathy

Rasmus Hougaard

Rasmus Hougaard is a mindfulness and compassion researcher from Denmark. He has written several books on the topic and is working for leading companies worldwide.

According to Rasmus empathy is limited to one group of people for instance your family, but compassion is more broader concept. It is more than a feeling, it is also to take action.

“Compassion, on the other hand, is more constructive. It starts with empathy and then turns outward, with an intent to help. With compassion, leaders make the conscious choice to turn emotion into action. And in doing so, compassionate leaders are perceived as stronger and more competent, able to make decisions and get things done. And, compassion in an organization triggers other positive outcomes: improved collaboration, trust and team loyalty.”

So what is Compassion?

As the Yogrishi Baba Ramdev said, it is to “give your love to the world”, in its altruistic meaning.


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