"Compassion is at the heart of everything little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess, yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of.  To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human."


Because if we live amidst friends and neighbors who strive to understand,empathize and/or respond compassionately, our burdens will be lighter and easier to bear. And life is hard. For all of us. We all struggle with stress, pain, illness, sorrow, rejection, or disappointment---if not today, tomorrow. But Compassion can be a very real buffer for stress. Scientific research is pretty clear that compassion improves one’s mental health, self-esteem, resilience, relationships, productivity, academic progress, physical health and the bottom lines of businesses and economic communities. Moreover, compassion can be learned. Indeed, when others treat us with respect, empathy, understanding or acceptance, we often feel, in turn, kinder and more loving to the next person.


The principle of compassion lies at the heart of relationships in life, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensable to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

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Thanks to the efforts of a broad range of people in all walks of life and on every continent, compassion has touched the lives of thousands of people in countries, cities, schools, business and other organizations, and faith communities around the world.  Learn more at www.charterforcompassion.org