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10 From GEM: 10 Ways To Cultivate Compassionate

Creative Commons/Liz West

Creative Commons/Liz West

10 From GEM:
10 Ways To Cultivate Compassionate

 If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

—Dalai Lama

Being compassionate requires that you take a good look at the sufferings and problems of other people, but it’s not about feeling pity or sorry for someone. It goes much deeper than that. True compassion requires that one not only recognize suffering, but also do something altruistic to help alleviate it. One who practices compassion never fails to invite joy and fulfillment into her life. Need to build your capacity for compassion? Follow one, two, or all of these steps and watch yours blossom.

1. Start Your Day With Appreciation

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The moment you open your eyes in the morning, regard it as a wondrous thing and feel grateful for that. No matter your own problems, you are alive and that means you have a chance to be a source of benefit to someone else. Make a determination right then to be kind and think well of others.

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