Be Compassionate

Stress Relief Tool – Be Compassionate

When we show compassion for others in need, we build a stronger ability to deal with stress ourselves.

When we show compassion for others in need, we build a stronger ability to deal with stress ourselves.1 As social creatures by nature, we are nurtured by support from others. Think about when you interviewed for your last job. Were you nervous? Probably. Did the person who was interviewing you do anything to calm you? Maybe not, but that would have been nice.

Being compassionate also extends to your personal time. For example, if the car in front of you has broken down, don’t honk your horn in frustration. Think about what it would be like if that was you in the disabled car. Instead, just maneuver out of the way without frustration and, better still, offer to call a tow truck if you have time. When you are kind and compassionate to a stranger, your own anxiety will be mitigated.

For example, be compassionate when you are interviewing someone for a job, and they are displaying obvious signs of nervousness. Offer them something to drink, take them for a short walk, and/or tell them a funny story about when you interviewed at your company. Your compassion will be appreciated.


  1. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology – “Is Compassion for Others Stress Buffering? Consequences of Compassion and Social Support for Physiological Reactivity to Stress” – Volume 46, Issue 5, September 2010, Pages 816-823

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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