Compassion and Happiness

Our next link-up is on the 20th of March. Just one week to go! Our theme, as it is every quarter, is simply Compassion.

However, 20th March is also International Day of Happiness.

Do compassion and happiness go together? You bet! So, if  you would like to write a post about the connection between compassion and happiness, we’d love to read it.

If you aren’t sure about what to write for this, we’ve got a few things that might help.

First off, in the video below, Pharrell Williams talks about happiness for last year’s International Day of Happiness, and as he points out, protecting our planet’s environment is necessary to ensure the happiness of future generation. I’d say that when we take action to protect our planet for our children, that also makes us happy.

Some people have the idea that compassion means feeling another’s pain, which wouldn’t necessarily make us happy! What do you think? Is compassion painful? Or does it lighten our load? Is it even possible to have happiness without compassion?

Here’s a quote that I shared in our Facebook group this week, and that sparked ideas for a few of us. Maybe it will do the same for you. It’s by Guillaume Apollinaire:

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness to just be happy.

And here’s another one to think about, this time by Epictetus.

People are disturbed not by things, but by the view they take of them.

What about self-compassion? Is it possible to have happiness without self-compassion?

Do you agree with quote by  Cheri Huber:

If we can simply see, with compassion, all that arises within us, we dramatically increase our chances of moving away from suffering.

Let’s end this post by hearing from Pharrell Williams again, this time singing “Happy.” The video is amazing, because the video is of people dancing in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan, showing us that happiness doesn’t depend on circumstances. 

This month, as well as using the #1000Speak hashtag, you could also use some to connect with International Day of Happiness. #happyplanet and #happiness are two suggestions.

Looking forward to reading your post on the 20th!




6 thoughts on “Compassion and Happiness

  1. This is a lovely prompt post for March.
    Love the quotes and that song/video is definitely memorable. I may just focus my post this month on music because music makes me happy and compassion is so beautifully channeled through music.
    Thanks for all the ideas/suggestions.


  2. There is a neat documentary movie called “I am.” It was made by a successful director who moved into a beautiful mansion and as soon as the doors closed, realized it did not make him happy. So, after recovering from a horrible bike accident, he interviewed countless people and experts on what made them happy. His key conclusion – money does not make you happy, but the absence of money can make you unhappy. He addresses several other keys to happiness as well.


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