Tips & Gifs: Cultivating Compassion

One key to enjoying your coworkers and employers alike is compassion, a necessary skill for making new friends and staying connected with old ones. Here are some ways that you can help yourself while helping others as well.

Send thank you cards.


In an age where social media reigns supreme, sending a hand-written note is an especially meaningful way to show someone your gratitude. You’ll feel good about acknowledging another person’s generosity, and the recipient will likely remember the gesture more clearly than a Facebook post or an email.



One way to broaden experience and learn from others is volunteering. See if you can help out at a local soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or community center during break, and spend some time browsing the many opportunities available in Walla Walla. The SEC Community Service website features an extensive list of organizations where you could volunteer. To learn more about Whitman-based programs run by students, click here.

Say hello to strangers.

Greeting people that you don’t know while you’re walking the dog or in a grocery store parking lot is an easy way to brighten someone’s day and accustom yourself to interacting with strangers.

 This post is the first in a seven-part series, Tips & Gifs. Look for future posts on the SEC Facebook page or on the student list-serv.




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