What word do you think of when you hear the word "compassion"?
Compassion is the ability to understand and empathize with others, often leading to a desire to help. Compassion is a cornerstone of humanity, helping to create a better world for everyone. Practicing compassion can help us connect to and respect one another.
Compassion: Building a Better Future
Compassion: A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
What are two ways in which you can show compassion to someone in your life?
Describe a situation where showing compassion can make a positive impact on someone's life.
What is the definition of compassion?
- Being indifferent to others' suffering
- Feeling sorry for someone
- Showing empathy and kindness towards others
Which of the following is an example of showing compassion?
- Ignoring someone's problems
- Helping a friend in need
- Laughing at someone's misfortune
Compassionate Letter Activity
Think of a situation that you have gone through that was hard, but you feel like you made it through and are a better person because of it. Imagine that one of your classmates is going through a similar situation. Write a letter to them offering words of encouragement to help them get through the rough time. You can tell a little bit about your personal situation, but remember the focus should be on them, not you.
Compassionate Letter Sample
To someone who is at a new school, First of all, I want to acknowledge how brave you are. It is so hard to go to a new place and be expected to learn all the rules, culture, and people in addition to also learning what you are "supposed" to be learning! At the end of elementary school, I had to switch schools. I left all of my friends and went to a place where I knew no one. I don't remember much of what I learned in classes that year. I mainly just remember what I learned about myself.
Compassionate Letter Sample
If you are struggling, please know that that is normal and that you are not alone. If you can, put yourself out there. Look around the room and notice those people who may be in the same situation as you. Find that kid who smiles at you even when you don't know them and see if you can muster up the courage to say hi. Most importantly, give yourself grace. This is probably not easy. But you have a unique experience that not everyone gets right now. You are going to get to see your strengths and weaknesses in the face of hardship. Trust me, sometimes it is better to do that NOW vs. when you are much older and starting a new job. Overall, I believe in you. And I hope you use this year to believe in yourself.
When you are done, fold your letter up and write on the outside "To someone who [your topic here]" Topic Ideas: Someone who is going through a breakup Someone who has parents going through divorce Someone who did not make a team Someone who is in a fight with a friend Someone who has a sibling who just went away to college Someone who feels like they don't belong Someone who has to work too much