COMPASSION IT is a nonprofit organization and social movement that inspires compassionate actions in the lives of every person we reach. We believe that when you "compassion it" in your daily life, you can positively impact the entire world.
Sara Schairer, the founder of COMPASSION IT, is a Stanford University-certified teacher of compassion. The knowledge she gained from her Stanford training informs the programs and workshops that she and her team offer.
COMPASSION IT's products and programs spread compassion around the world. Classrooms in Costa Rica, the Parliament of Botswana, homes in Nepal, small-town America and businesses in San Diego have embraced COMPASSION IT's simple message. In fact, COMPASSION IT is already in more than 49 countries!
Our wristbands make compassion accessible. They are an effective and tangible tool for introducing the concepts of compassion and mindfulness in homes, schools, workplaces and hospitals. COMPASSION IT wristbands influence positive behaviors through a pass-it-on ripple effect, and have an impact of peace and mindfulness that affects everyone.
All money from your purchase of wristbands is recycled back into COMPASSION IT operations and programs, including compassion education, communication efforts, and, of course, producing more wristbands that will travel the globe.
Remember, we can each do something small to make a big change in our world: COMPASSION IT!
In the summer of 2008, COMPASSION IT Founder, Sara Schairer, experienced intense suffering. As a stay-at-home mom to her 18-month-old daughter, Sara's picture-perfect life had suddenly turned upside down. She was faced with an unwanted divorce that left her devastated, depressed, searching for a job...and searching for direction.
Fortunately, Sara stumbled upon an "Ellen" episode that changed her life. Ellen was interviewing Wayne Dyer, and he spoke about compassion and how it could change our world. He said that compassion was the most important lesson to teach our children, and that it could solve the problem of hunger, create world peace, and much, much more.
Sara could not stop thinking about compassion and its power. The word ‘compassionate’ became "compassion it" in her brain that day, and she knew that she was on to something. Compassion was now a verb...an ACTION. She began using that phrase in her own life and found that when she "compassioned it" during her daily interactions, she had the best outcomes. It took over three years before Sara felt courageous and motivated enough to start sharing her idea with more than just close friends and family. Once she did, the idea started taking shape. Thanks to the help and brilliant work of many friends, COMPASSION IT gained momentum.
To further fuel her fire, Sara was accepted into the year-long Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) teacher-training program through Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). During her training at Stanford, she learned about the science and philosophical perspectives of compassion from leaders in the field. As a certified teacher of CCT, Sara facilitates an eight-week course that was designed by Stanford's CCARE. She has taught at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Kaiser Permanente, and The Naval Medical Center in San Diego. She has also led compassion trainings in Africa, sponsored by the Botswana Ministries of Health and Education.
Sara is committed to reaching as many people as possible with this simple two-word message, and she believes that "compassion it" is not just a play on words. It's an action and a choice. 'Compassion it' is a way of life.
The mission of COMPASSION IT is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes.
We envision a world where compassion is practiced by every person, for every person, on every day.
COMPASSION IT is committed to these core values:
What's so great about compassion?
First off, what's the definition of compassion? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, compassion is a "sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it."
In other words, you recognize that someone is suffering, and you try to help. And "suffering" doesn't always mean someone is showing outward signs of feeling hurt. Nearly EVERY PERSON ON THE PLANET struggles with finding peace and joy and is therefore suffering in some way or another.
Here's another way of looking at compassion. It's empathy plus ACTION. Throughout your daily interactions, try putting yourself in another's shoes. Then think, "What can I do to help this person?" Often, a simple smile can make a big impact!
Here are a few examples of what compassion looks like:
1 - Smiling at a stranger
2 - Giving food to a homeless person
3 - Giving someone the benefit of the doubt
4 - Sending a quick "thinking of you" text message to a friend who is going through a tough time
5 - Having SELF-compassion and not beating yourself up for imperfection
6 – Simply being fully present with a friend
Countless scientific studies indicate that compassion doesn't merely help those who receive the compassion. Practicing compassion makes us happier, healthier and even more attractive. It strengthens relationships, creates communities and fosters world peace.
Visit these links to read more about the power of compassion:
COMPASSION IT featured on Huffington Post Blog
Sara regularly guest blogs for The Chopra Center.
Sara Schairer featured on San Diego Living