The Art of Being Compassionate

theartThe Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  We have always believed these prolific words to be true, but sometimes they are easier said than done.  The stress of daily life can get in the way of being exceptionally thoughtful, and at times it is easier to focus on doing only what needs to be done. 

Doing only what’s necessary can get you through the day-to-day side of things, but the pure happiness that comes along with being kind to others (and yourself) may never be experienced that way.

Despite how busy you may be, take some time out of your schedule to practice these amazing habits and become a happier you!

eveningtea1. Morning Ritual

Every morning that you wake up, remind yourself that you are fortunate to have woken up.  You’re alive, your life is precious, and it will not go to waste!  Remind yourself to have kind thoughts towards others, and you will benefit others as much as you can.

2. Thoughtfulness

Being truly thoughtful takes attentiveness.  Pay attention to your surroundings and the people in your life.  Listen to what they say and pick up on their emotions, and take some time to think about what you can do for them.

3. Practice Kindness

Beyond thoughtfulness, practice acts of kindness.  They do not need to be grand gestures; they can be small deeds without any cost.  Be it a simple note, a bouquet of flowers, or a few kind words, you have the ability to make someone’s day.

groupyoga4. Reflect On Those Who Mistreat Us

Granting forgiveness and compassion towards those who mistreat us is one of the hardest things to do.  It does not come immediately and most often it takes much practice.  Spend time to reflect on the people who may have caused you pain, and instead of reacting in anger, imagine the suffering they may be going through.  Imagine that you had mistreated someone and instead of responding in kind acted with great kindness and compassion.  Reflect on whether or not that would make you more likely to mistreat that person the next time.

5. Evening Routine

Before you go to sleep, spend a few minutes reflecting on your day.  Think about what you did and who you met, and spend some time considering what you could do differently the next day.  Learn from your experiences and be thankful for the happiness around you.

Bringing more happiness into your life may take time, but it is worth it!  Make small, daily changes and witness the incredible effect it will have on you!