Healthy Action Step of the Day: Practice Compassion

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Practice compassion. The Oxford dictionary defines compassion as “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortune of others.” I personally like to think of it without the pity part because pity, to me, implies condescension. When we practice compassion toward our self, we’re showing kindness to our self. When we practice compassion toward others, we’re basically putting ourselves into someone else’s shoes. This can even be with someone we don’t necessarily like or agree with or that we’re angry with. It’s being able to step out of those feelings and see that person as a fellow human being who is going through something and who needs support – in one way or another. That doesn’t mean that you have to approve of the actions that may have gotten them there in the first place, but it does mean recognizing that we are all human. As Dr. Andrea Pennington says in this HuffPost article, “Scientific research suggests that being compassionate can improve our physical health, emotional well-being and naturally, our relationships.” It “naturally bonds and connects us to others.” So, do yourself and someone else a favor today – practice compassion.

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