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Everyone wants to be happy at work, have healthy relationships and work in a positive atmosphere. In high-stress situations, harmony among colleagues is more difficult to maintain. According to researcher Monica Worline of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, our brains, in response to high stress, turn us away from kindness. We are less able to demonstrate compassion, it’s harder for us to be patient and understanding, and our beliefs become even more ingrained. For example, we may be quicker than usual to assert that we are right and that others are wrong.


Yet it is by being there for each other and supporting each other that we can get through a crisis or difficult situation. High-stress situations can even be opportunities to develop even more meaningful relationships. This guide offers actionable ways to practice being both compassionate and self-compassionate, in order to maintain harmonious relationships in high stress situations.


  • In stressful situations and when tension rises.
  • As soon as we observe that our state has a negative effect on our relationships with our colleagues.
  • When our patience and understanding of others or of ourselves are in short supply.


  • By looking at the various ideas, tips and suggested actions, it’s quite simple.


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