It is clear from many research studies that compassion and generosity are built into us. However, the modern self-centre, profit orientated and cynical view of the world is for many overriding their inherent traits of compassion and generosity.
Recently, I read the book Mindful Compassion where many of these topics are covered in an easily accessible way. If you’re interested in finding out more about generosity, and compassion I recommended you read this book.
Additionally, the book Lost Connection states one of the common reasons people become anxious or depressed is a lost connection with core values, for many of us one of these is generosity and compassion. Again a book that is well worth reading.
If you’re up to some more reading about Compassion, then here are some articles that might interest you:
- Mindfulness and Compassion: Two Key Ingredients for a Strong Workplace Community
- A Short Mindfulness Exercise for Self-Compassion
For me the article linked to below adds nothing to my inherent belief that human beings when in the right circumstances will be generous and compassionate. However, if you like lots of research to support you opinions, the article is certainly worth a read.
The article below is written by Erica Smith.
Perhaps for as long as humanity has existed, spiritual and philosophical leaders have advocated for altruism as a means of self-betterment. Saint Francis of Assisi said it best, “For it is in giving that we receive.” It’s a sentiment that has been echoed by other prominent minds in history as well.