Being Well Podcast: Growing Compassion & Kindness
September 24, 2018

The focus of this episode is warming the heart and developing greater compassion and kindness as personal traits.

Last week we continued the strength of Intimacy by taking a look at Empathy. When we use empathy, we get a sense of the sorrows and joys of others. But empathy on its own doesn’t inherently mean that we become kinder or more compassionate toward other people.

That’s the focus during this episode: warming the heart, and developing greater compassion and kindness as personal traits.

Most people probably view kindness, compassion, and love as intrinsically good things. But besides being good for other people, strengthening the (metaphorical) muscle of the heart calms your body, protects its immune system, lifts your mood, and evokes caring from others.

During this episode, we explore:

  • The difference between compassion and kindness
  • The importance of seeing our common humanity
  • Why it’s so hard to separate approval from compassion
  • What we can do to be kinder and more compassionate even toward those people we disagree with

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