Why Compassion Is the Perfect Antidote for Depression


err on compassionThe best piece of marital advice I’ve ever heard came from an ex-priest, a kind and gentle man that has been married to his bride for longer than I’ve been alive.

“Always err on the side of compassion,” he told me when I called him up all upset one afternoon after my husband and I got into a fight.

I don’t even remember what the fight was about.

Something stupid.

But I remembered his advice and I’ve been trying to apply it not only to my marriage but to my life, in general.

In fact, it has become my mantra.

Always err on the side of compassion.

It sounds so easy, but is so difficult to execute.

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Therese Borchard
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5 Responses
  1. Tonya Barker

    Can you write a on mental health crisis hospitals?  What to expect, when to go, what a patient should expect from them before being released, and if a person can keep an emergency medicine on hand at home to avoid a hospital stay, ec t ? 

    My husband is being released tomorrow from a three day stay and all they did was bump his Abilify up 10mg.  He’s coming back home still crying, and still not being able to sleep.  I feel like we have flushed money down the toilet, his doctor could have made that medication adjustment over the phone.  But, it was his choice to go, he really just wants relief and help with this severe depression. 

    Thanks 🙂

  2. Sean

    Great words! More compassion! Good advice for dealing with depression…with marriage…with parenting…with life! Thanks!