There is so much divisiveness among people today that it is always heartening to hear of or see acts of kindness and compassion. Recently during the U.S. Open Naomi Osaka who is 21 years old defeated a popular young contestant Coco Gauff who is 15 year old. After the match Gauff was understandably shaken. Osaka not only consoled her but also invited Gauff to the post match interview usually reserved only for the winner. Osaka also spoke with Gauff’s parents to let them know how much she knew the hard work and effort the parents have put in to support Gauff as a player. It has been shown that such expressions of compassion benefit both the one showing it and the one receiving it. There are also consequential benefits including instances of reduced stress, longer life and overall well-being. Compassion consists of truly wanting to relieve someone else’s suffering or misfortune as opposed to empathy which involves sharing and understanding the feelings of someone else. Compassion can be as small as providing a needed smile or gesture at a time when someone else is feeling low. It can also involve providing assistance to someone who simply needs help. Researchers have found that compassion is not only innate to someone’s personality but can actually be studied and learned through meditation.
- Expressing compassion towards someone allows for both mental growth, and even physical well-being.
- For those that don’t know how to show compassion, it’s good to begin by performing acts of kindness for others.
- It’s possible to gain compassion through meditation, as one can like inside themselves to teach compassion.
“The fact that they had taken time from their own lives to be with me during this darkest time, to be present with me in my pain, was something I never forgot.”