Happiness and Compassion – obvious bedfellows?

Hi everyone. It’s link up time again. This month, as well as exploring compassion we are looking at happiness and its links to compassion. And you’d say there’s an obvious link, of course, wouldn’t you? When exploring compassion we are seeking to increase happiness aren’t we?

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The above quote was a favourite of my father. And I took away that message; be positive, be happy and share the joy. But the other side, the loneliness of sadness, the admonishment here, that being sad is somehow something you suffer on your own passed me by. That was for other people. I wasn’t falling into that trap. But being a little ray of sunshine can only go so far and it fails if you don’t appreciate what someone might be going through when not happy.

It has taken me a while to understand that being happy, positive and joyful can rub off on others but it can equally rub others up the wrong way. And that’s where compassion comes in. Yes, we want people to be happy, don’t we? But we don’t achieve that goal by allowing those who are sad, those who, for whatever reason, can’t, right this minute be happy, remain isolated.

Compassion means that we don’t let people weep alone. It means tending to those who struggle to find any happiness, any laughter at this precise moment. There’s a time and a place for positivity but laughter and happiness are not inextricably linked as once I thought they were. With compassion, however, we can bring more people back to laughter from whatever sad place they are just now.

This month’s link up is now open and ready for your posts. You can follow us across social media via the hashtag #1000speak and on Facebook at 1000 voices for compassion

 

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4 thoughts on “Happiness and Compassion – obvious bedfellows?

  1. You make a great point. There’s so much talk about thinking positively and acting the way you want your life to be. But it’s unrealistic to think you can laugh all your problems away. I learned a long time ago that if I want to be able to enjoy the happy times, I need to acknowledge and experience the sad times as well.

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