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By Michelle Reitan
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Compassion = better heath for us and others | Health and Wellness

 

Last updated 1/27/2022 at 8:15am



We are entering our third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. When many of us thought the worst was behind us, we are hitting record levels of infections … hospitals are again reaching capacity, and schools are closing. People are exhausted and scared. This is leading to a lack of compassion and patience, and this lack of compassion can actually affect our overall health.

What exactly is compassion? Compassion literally means “to suffer together.” Among emotion researchers, it is defined as the feeling that arises when we are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to rel...



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