If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Compassion is related to increased happiness (Shapira & Mongrain, 2010).
- Compassion is related to higher levels of well-being (Zessin et al., 2015).
- Compassion promotes positive parenting by improving parent-child relationships (i.e., more affection and less negative affect; Duncan, Coatsworth, & Greenberg, 2009). Consequently, there are various mindfulness-based parent training approaches and parenting books with a specific focus on compassionate parenting (i.e., Parenting From Your Heart: Sharing the Gifts of Compassion, Connection, and Choice, Kashtan, 2004; and Raising Children Compassionately: Parenting the Nonviolent Communication Way, Rosenberg, 2004).
- Compassion within classrooms is related to increased cooperation and better learning (Hart & Kindle Hodson, 2004).
- Compassion for teachers as expressed by colleagues is linked to increased teacher job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and sense of emotional vigor (Eldor & Shoshani, 2016).