Compassion is a deep source of meaningfulness for the giver, the recipient, and the onlooker. The experience of doing and receiving something good is what makes life worth living.
Compassion is a series of interlocked events in human interaction. Empathy is an important element of compassion: we must recognise another’s joy or suffering, and step into their shoes. Empathy is complemented by the motivation to do what is good, the direction towards the good of another. However, the most important moment of compassion is when compassion becomes visible as deeds. Without deeds, compassion is not compassion.
In research, compassion has long been defined as alleviating another’s pain. According to our definition, compassion is equally also co-passion, the sharing of another’s enthusiasm. Co-passion is the twin of compassion, it is formed of the same elements as compassion: the ability to recognise another’s emotional state and empathise with it, as well as the actions expressing this empathy. For example, making another’s success visible within the work community by giving praise may be an act of co-passion.
Compassion and co-passion in working life – 3×5 steps
Compassion has the power to revolutionise human relationships and communities: in the working life, compassion steps up the pace not only of the experience of meaningfulness, but also social relations among colleagues, innovations, cognitive achievement, well-being in the work place, and good customer relations. Also the value of co-passion is irreplaceable: what if your successes were never noticed within your work environment, in any way? Wouldn’t it be crushing, if nobody would rejoice with you?
These research-based tips will hep you get started with building a better work community:
These tips are based on the results of our research and the following articles: