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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

March 1-2-3, 2024

The focus for today (and the weekend) is:

I extend mindful compassion and empathy towards my partner.

Today's inspiration was written by Hali Kil and Nathaniel Johnson:

Extending mindful compassion and empathy towards your partner can be particularly helpful for your relationship. Even if you are heading towards a potentially stressful life event, for example if you are expecting a baby, being mindfully aware of each other can help you navigate stress and challenges.

Being loving and kind towards your partner is also helpful. This could include trying to understand how your partner’s emotional state or their day might influence their tone or actions. Staying attentive and aware during date nights or even during arguments will make both of you feel acknowledged and seen, making for a more satisfying relationship.

Practising these mindful skills can help you and your partner feel closer and more connected, benefitting not just yourself but also your relationship.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     Being More Mindful: Tips for Enhancing Family Life
     Written by Hali Kil and Nathaniel Johnson.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of compassion and empathy in all your encounters (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
Relationships - whether partner, children, close friends, workplace - are the best school or workshop there is. That's where our life lessons show up, and practicing mindfulness in our relationships makes a huge difference to the outcome of each day, and of the relationship as a whole. 

Our focus for today (and the weekend): I extend mindful compassion and empathy towards my partner.

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About the Authors

Hali Kil, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Simon Fraser University and Nathaniel Johnson, PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology, Simon Fraser University

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