We are wired for kindness – our first instinct is to help someone in need. Living a life of purpose and care is so deeply beneficial that researchers believe this trait has emerged as a part of human evolution. Empathy is the most evolved form of kindness: most of us are wired for empathy, defined as the shared experience of someone else’s pain or pleasure. Researchers have shown that compassion offers tremendous benefits for both physical and mental health and overall well-being and the most important aspect? Compassion is easy and it is contagious – in a good way!

More information on the benefits of compassion for you.

Here are some ideas of how you too can easily lead a compassionate lifestyle, organised into categories.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama