Compassion in Everyday Life #1000Speak

Dalai Lama famously once said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”Compassion

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Everyone around us is fighting some or the other battle. It doesn’t take much to reach out and lift people up. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

We all have witnessed this. Whenever someone offers his seat in a bus/train to somebody else, this small gesture positively affects not only the giver and the receiver but also the people who have witnessed this small and simple act. The giver feels generous, the receiver feels gratitude and the onlookers feel good on seeing a good deed of compassion and kindness. It is said, if you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Compassion is the chief law of human existence.― Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We all can make a difference in lives of people around us. We can intentionally be kind to others and make it a daily practice and a way of life. Here are some small compassionate acts that we can do and change the world around us :

  1. Eat lunch with somebody who is sitting alone in the office /college cafeteria.
  2. Encourage someone who needs it.
  3. Be generous with compliments.
  4. Write a note of appreciation for the employee who offered excellent service at the cafe or the hotel.whether-one-believes-in-religion-or-not
  5. Give someone recognition for something they have done with a pat on the back.
  6. Buy coffee or a snack for the security guard outside your apartment or a cab driver who is driving you around.
  7. Cook a meal for the sick neighbor.
  8. Let someone go in front of you in a queue, especially a parent with a cranky child.
  9. Help someone find a job.
  10. Help someone who is in a financial trouble.
  11. Acknowledge the people you meet in a store or fellow co-passengers with a smile.
  12. Speak kindly and listen attentively especially to those who are going through a tough time.
  13. Say something nice to someone.
  14. Be someone’s cheerleader.
  15. Surprise friends and family by sending them cards, flowers, or small gifts for no reason at all.
  16. Ask others what you can do to help.
  17. Donate blood, books, toys, clothes, your long hair, money for victims of disasters or charitable organizations.
  18. Help people who have dropped things, hold doors and elevators open for people and help elders/children cross the street.
  19. Say “thank you” to someone who made a difference.
  20. Spread the word for those who need referrals, like a wow photographer, a creative interior designer, a wonderful accountant, a new home baker…

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is a list to focus our intentions on making it a kinder, loving and beautiful world for ourselves and others around us. I believe in karma – it comes after everyone eventually… what goes around comes around, truly.  Your everyday good deeds are never in vain for they shall return to you even when you’re not expecting it. So, keep your circle positive and practice small and random acts of kindness and compassion, everyday! Spread the cheer ♥

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40 thoughts on “Compassion in Everyday Life #1000Speak

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful list on how to practice compassion on a daily basis! I definitely need to do number 3 more often and I would love to begin the old tradition of cooking for a neighbor or loved one when they are sick or having a difficult time. It seems like people often did this years ago but not so much anymore. I have noticed that my youngest adult daughter does make soup for her loved ones when they are ill and will often have me come over to help her.

    Peace to you.

    Visiting from #1000Speak

  2. This is a wonderful list! Compassion is indeed one of the best practices we can practice along with gratitude. As a teacher, my goal is always to teach students to show compassion towards others, even towards those who aren’t as nice. Again, great list. Have a great week.

  3. The 20 points mentioned as small acts of compassion are worth implementing. They may be small acts e.g. giving your seat to a pregnant lady in a crowded bus/train but a boon to the receiver.

  4. Lovely shilpa ! enjoyed reading this post, its so nice and warm feeling to reinforce small acts of kindness; there is quote that says “Kindness is the rent you pay for occupying the space on this earth” I have always loved quotes of Dalai Lama..Thank you for sharing

  5. That is a wonderful list! And I love the compassion theme! Wish I’d heard about it in time to jump in!

    Anyhoo, I found your blog through a fellow blogger, and thought I would stop by and say hi! It would totally make my day if you did the same.. or better yet, keep in touch! <3 –

  6. This is definitely worthy of printing and pinning on my bulletin board for a reminder. There’s something that can be done on there everyday or even several times a day! And thank you for #20. My husband is a photographer and that’s what pays our bills. 😉

  7. There are some great tips there and after every post I read, My determination to be more compassionate is bolstered. I have spent the day reading posts and feel emotionally cleansed and fired up. I’ve almost made it through 50 posts leaving comments as I go. It’s been a wonderful journey.
    I wrote my post about the compassion fatigue I experienced trying to pick just one topic to write about. Here’s the link:
    xx Rowena

  8. They are all small points…really small ones…but just by practicing them, we can make all the difference in the world. Being and ardent follower of compassion, I totally agree with you. Nicely written, Shilpa.

  9. You and I were on the same page with our posts – just doing small acts of compassion can really make a difference. I want to be that person who made someone else’s day just a bit better because of a smile or a thank you. And it’s so easy to do!

  10. Wow!Wow!! and Super wowwwwwww.. what great thoughts there….loved this post and love you more for this post. So true whatever you say and there is some selfishness in giving and being compassionate too….it brings you so much of joy and you experience inner peace. Will hop over to the links and see how i can contribute to the community.

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