August POWerful Word – COMPASSION – Week 1

There are several ways to figure out how someone is feeling. Sometimes our friends and family just tell us– but other times, we need to figure it out by looking, listening and using our brains. What is one big way we can figure out how someone is feeling JUST by looking at them? We can look at their facial expression. Quickly, show me happy! Sad. Angry! Surprised. Scared! Embarrassed? Disgusted! Very good. Now, can someone feel more than one feeling at once? Can they both be “a little happy” and “a little sad?” Give me an example (i.e. happy to move to a more advanced class, sad to leave a teacher/friends). Can someone be both scared and surprised? Angry and disgusted (someone puts a worm on you)? Happy and embarrassed (i.e. happy to get some help but embarrassed you needed it)? What does empathy have to do with being able to show compassion?

If you have time: Can someone show one emotion on their face but truthfully feel a different emotion inside?