Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Contagious Compassion!

What if you “caught” compassion and were able to infect your community, state, nation, and the world? Instead of turning our lives upside down like a stomach bug, compassion would make us happier, healthier, and more connected to others.

A compassion contagion isn’t out of the question. Videos, products, and concepts go viral all the time, thanks to technology and social media. If planking, “The Evolution of Dance,” and “Gangnam Style” (which has had over 2.3 billion views) can catch on, so can compassion.

How can we make compassion contagious? Here are some ideas:

Harness the Power of Social Media

My 72-year-old mom knows what’s happening in my senior year prom date’s life, and that tells me something. Thanks to social media, we are connected … for better or for worse.

Let’s focus on the “for better” part and use our social media platforms for good. Many campaigns have created awareness and raised funds for important causes.

A few examples include: #bringbackourgirls,  #icebucketchallenge, and #movember.

You, too, can use your social media accounts to spread good in the world. Try some of these ideas:

  • Write kind comments underneath your friends’ posts
  • Cultivate compassion by posting a favorite quote, story, or video
  • Share your personal stories of compassion. Your actions may inspire others.
  • Re-tweet information about compassionate responses to tragedies like the recent Nepal earthquake. (If you’re looking for information about how to help certain disaster relief or humanitarian efforts, @gatesfoundation is a great resource).

There is enough depressing news out there in the world. Let’s do our part to add positivity to our friends’ news feeds.
--From the Chopra Center

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