Share and practice compassion in the month of May
Do, see, read and think about the ideas on our list, and then share your favorites!
1. Read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.
2. Watch Forrest Gump.
3. Mentor someone.
4. “We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.” —Desmond Tutu
5. Listen to your children.
6. Watch Soul Surfer.
7. Read How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham.
8. Visit a retirement home and spend time with the residents.
9. “The dew of compassion is a tear.” —Lord Byron
10. Volunteer to read books for children at the library.
11. Listen to your wife.
12. Walk the animals at a shelter.
13. Read The Tooth by Avi Slodovnick.
14. Donate blood.
15. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” —Albert Schweitzer
16. Do one thing your spouse frequently asks you to do (before they ask).
17. Watch Patch Adams.
19. Bake a cake for an elderly neighbor, even if you don't know them well.
20. “I believe we're all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose….When you connect with that love and that compassion, that's when everything unfolds.” —Ellen DeGeneres
21. Send a handwritten note of encouragement to someone who's going through a difficult time.
22. Read The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown.
23. Listen to your husband.
24. “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” —Nelson Mandela
25. Watch Gandhi.
26. Tell a veteran thank you.
27. Read Cultivate Compassion: A Buddhist Perspective by Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D.
28. Donate food to a food pantry or shelter.
29. Watch Schindler’s List.
30. Read The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life's Challenges by Paul Gilbert, Ph.D.
31. Volunteer at a local Literacy Center.