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Compassion Dani DiPirro
Compassion Dani DiPirro First published in the UK and USA in 2016 by Watkins, an imprint of Watkins Media Limited 19 Cecil Court London WC2N 4EZ firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright ? Watkins Media Limited 2016 Text copyright ? Dani DiPirro 2016 Artwork copyright ? Dani DiPirro 2016 The right of Dani DiPirro to be identi'ed as the Author of this text has been asserted in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act of 1988. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. Development Editor: Kelly Thompson Managing Editor: Fiona Robertson Editor: Dawn Bates Head of Design: Viki Ottewill Design: Dani DiPirro Production: Uzma Taj A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN: 978-1-78028-950-2 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Typeset in Gotham Printed in China www.watkinspublishing.com
To anyone who has ever shown me compassion, this book is for you. Your sympathy, concern and loving acts have made me the person I am today.
INTRODUCTION Compassion is not just empathy or altruism but a special combination of the two: the ability to share and understand others? feelings coupled with a genuine desire to help ease any pain they are enduring. Recent research has shown that compassion can bring a wide range of bene'ts to those who practise it. For example, compassionate people tend to feel less stressed, experience less anger and have a greater sense of overall wellbeing. They may even have more resilient immune systems. With greater empathy and understanding, and a desire to focus on more than just their own troubles, compassionate people experience the world as a more open-minded and inspired place. This book, with its uplifting quotes about compassion and thoughtprovoking reflections and a'rmations, will help you to live a happier, more loving and more ful'lled life.
COMPASSION noun | com'pas'sion 1. The sympathetic awareness of another's distress paired with a desire to alleviate it 2. The desire to commiserate with and help those who are going through di'cult times
If you want others to be happy , practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion. Tenzin Gyatso 14th Dalai Lama (b. 1935)
OPENNESS NURTURING SELF-RESPECT
It is important to o'er compassion ? a form of unconditional love and acceptance ? to yourself, as well as to others. When you've made a mistake, console yourself with kind, loving words, just as you would your friends, to help you let go of any negative feelings and move on.