The Difference Between Empathy and Compassion Is Everything

Compassion and mindfulness are two wings of the same bird, and we need both in order to live in a wise way. “Mindfulness” is the word du jour, with so many articles claiming its spectacular results that some have dubbed it “McMindfulness.”

But what about compassion? The folks over at NPR have started a conversation about it, and have invited their audience to send them stories of random acts of compassion.

What is compassion? How is it different from empathy How do we implement it in our daily lives — and what is the science behind all this, anyway?