It’s easy to assume that we should be looking out for ourselves before anyone else – and yes, there are instances when doing this is important, especially when it comes to family and children.
But by not nurturing compassion for others, both in ourselves and our children, we’re teaching ourselves (and our kids) to be selfish. And this can stand in the way of success.
Seppala says that if you nurture compassionate relationships with others, including your boss, colleagues or employees, you are more likely to inspire loyalty. This makes everyone more productive, which in turn, ushers in success.
What’s more, compassionate people have lower stress levels, are more empathetic, are more likely to help others and are more resilient to the suffering of others, says Seppala.