Let’s clarify what compassion is and isn’t:
- Sympathy = no empathy + some understanding + with action
- Empathy = emotional connection + some understanding + no action
- Compassion = empathy + understanding + action
Being compassionate to your partner makes them feel you not only empathize with their situation, but also understand why they feel the way the do on an intellectual level. Compassion comes with action - your feelings and understanding compel you to ameliorate the situation. Taking action is what makes compassionate behavior that much more authentic.
To write a high quality, compassionate message, you’ll need to be well-versed in compassionate language. These are words and phrases that make the reader feel understood and cared about.
Here are a few examples of some non-compassionate phrases translated into compassionate ones: