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  • Writer's pictureLara Anders

Six Habits of Highly Compassionate People

April 24, 2018 | HOORIA JAZAIERI

Would you describe yourself as a compassionate person? Even if you don’t necessarily see yourself that way, I bet you’re compassionate at least some of the time (e.g., when you’re well-rested and not in a hurry), or with certain people in your life (e.g., with your closest friends). Compassion can be thought of as a mental state or an orientation towards suffering (your own or others’) that includes four components:

  • Bringing attention or awareness to recognizing that there is suffering (cognitive)

  • Feeling emotionally moved by that suffering (affective)

  • Wishing there to be relief from that suffering (intentional)

  • A readiness to take action to relieve that suffering (motivational)

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