Saturday, March 11

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
— Dalai Lama, The Art of Happiness (Buddhist)



Today’s Excerpt:

Compassionate Storytelling
(Adapted from Harvard Business Review)

Make a game out of challenging your kids to create compassionate stories based on observations of people you come in contact with.

For example, you might be driving the kids to school and a car cuts you off on the road. Rather than become upset or irritated, ask your kids to create a story about the reason the person in the car may have cut you off. Perhaps they woke up late and are rushing to pick up cupcakes for their child’s birthday celebration before school starts? Perhaps a bunny rabbit hopped into the road and they had to swerve quickly to avoid harming it?

Not only does this activity stimulate creativity and storytelling, it encourages children to put themselves in another person’s shoes during difficult moments, or any moment.