Compassion: Compassion means we care about others, treat them with kindness and feel a strong desire to help people in need. Compassion is empathy in action.
For some of you, compassion might look like giving a hug, making a card, or saying something kind to help a friend or family member who is feeling sad or upset.
Showing compassion for people around us is very important. If we treat people as we would like to be treated ourselves, we are showing compassion. The woman in our story showed compassion to a stranger. It isn’t safe to go up to strangers, especially on our own, but with people here in our school community, friends and family members, we can try hard to feel what it’s like to be in their shoes. Perhaps that will change the way we behave towards them.
Can you think of a time when you showed compassion?
What did you do? Why did you show this compassion?
Compassion is the way to put ourselves in other peoples shoes and imagine what it was like to be them. Compassion helps us imagine how we would like to be treated if we were in someone else’s situation.
If you needed help, what would you like others to do?
This week I would like you practice compassion towards your family and friends.
Compassion is like a muscle, it gets stronger the more it is practiced.