A Guide to Cultivating Compassion

by Joanna van der Hoeven

Why develop compassion in your life? Well, there are scientific studies that suggest there are physical benefits to practicing compassion — people who practice it produce 100 percent more DHEA, which is a hormone that counteracts the aging process, and 23 percent 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. If we agree that it is a common aim of each of us to strive to be happy, then compassion is one of the main tools for achieving that happiness. It is therefore of utmost importance that we cultivate compassion in our lives and practice compassion every day….

7 Compassion Practices

  1. Morning ritual….
  2. Empathy Practice….
  3. Commonalities practice….
  4. Relief of suffering practice….
  5. Act of kindness practice.….
  6. Those who mistreat us practice. ….
  7. Evening routine. ….