Over three shows, we’ve talked about how Kristin has gained compassion in caring for Mary, a person who is incapable of feeling compassion. Kristin describes compassion as an action and a feeling and believes her ability to feel and act with compassion toward Mary has improved her ability to care for Mary. For instance, Kristin now focuses on the task at hand, with goals in hand: She approaches personal care with humor, in order to get Mary to smile. Once she has a smile, she begins the task. If Mary becomes uncooperative during the task, Kristin commits to meeting Mary’s loud voice with a lower one. This approach has made a huge difference for both of them. (You can listen to all three of our discussions here.)
So, I wonder: Has caregiving made you more compassionate? If it has, what’s been the impact of other relationships in your life. Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.
(Program Note: Two shows air tomorrow: Ellen Rogin, our wealthness expert, joins me at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET) and Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo, our happiness expert, talks about how happiness affects our chronic pain at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET). Listen (and download the podcasts) here.)