“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.”
— Albert Einstein
Showing compassion for animals can improve our health. I am a big fan of being the voice for animals. I have in the past worked with The Humane Society of The United States, small non profit organizations for saving animals in the wild life, and volunteered at local shelters, just hopelessly looking for some love from all my furry friends.
“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer, The Basis of Morality
I have read in articles that have on going written about the effects of compassion are far reaching and have been shown to have benefits for physical as well as psychological health. A wealth of evidence demonstrates that social support, when humans connect in a meaningful way with other people or animals, helps in the recovery from illness as well as promoting increased levels of mental and physical well-being.
When we often talk about compassion, it’s usually towards other human beings or family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, strangers, unfortunate people out there in the world, suffering. We talk about empathizing and understanding their suffering, and wanting to act to ease or end the suffering. We talk about taking action, through kindness, to end the suffering in some way.
But then there are some who believe in compassion towards all living things, animals especially, including me. 🙂
Compassion can help broaden our perspective and redirect our focus way from ourselves. Compassion might boost our sense of well-being by increasing a feeling of connection to others. Social connection helps us recover from illness more quickly, strengthens our immune and even increase our lifespan.
People who feel more connected to others and animals are more empathic and form more trusting and cooperative partnerships. If you’re a pet owner or animal lover, you’ll be pleased to learn that this includes showing kindness to your furry, feathered friends, too. Just by petting your dogs and cats, and being kind to creatures in the wild, you enhance your mental and physical health, lower anxiety and depression, recover from illnesses more quickly, and increase your lifespan.
Some plain simple reasons why this compassion is so beneficial & real love doesn’t cost a thing, so why not give it to a furry and feathered friend who is in need of a love! 🙂
Compassion Improves Well-being
- “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” — Anatole France
Compassion Boosts Physical Health
- “Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole.” — Roger Caras
Compassion Increases Vitality and Longevity
- “Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” — Mason Cooley
Compassion Gives Us Possibilities
- “When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” — Anthony Douglas Williams
The Compassion Animals Show Each Other is Very Inspiring
- “An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” — Martin Buber
The Compassion Animals Show Humans is Absolute Inspiring
- “We should have more respect for animals because it makes us better humans.” — Jane Goodall
Compassion Can Be Taught
- “Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.” — Gandhi
Compassion Is An Absolute Instinctive
- “Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living beings, humanity will not find peace.” — Dr. Albert Schweitzer, 1952 Nobel Peace Prize
Compassion Makes Us Feel Good
- “We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” — Immanuel Kant
So Love Love Love and Love well! Compassion is never out of style . . . Viva Compassion!
Bonjour Monday! 🙂