Sara Schairer

Sara Schairer is the founder and executive director of COMPASSION IT, a start-up nonprofit organization and global social movement whose mission is to inspire daily compassionate actions and attitudes. She created the one-of-a-kind reversible COMPASSION IT wristband prompting compassionate actions on six continents, 48 countries, and all 50 states. Wristband sales fund compassion education programs for youth, teens, and adults. 

As a public speaker, Sara encourages her audiences to “compassion it” in their daily lives. A Stanford-certified instructor of Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT), Sara has taught CCT at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness, Kaiser Permanente, the Naval Medical Center, and this past November she led compassion trainings in Africa sponsored by the Botswana Ministries of Health and Education. She’s also a contributing author to the book The Neuroscience of Learning and Development: Enhancing Creativity, Compassion, Critical Thinking and Peace in Higher Education.

Sara is a proud graduate of the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and has an extensive background in marketing and sales. Her most important and challenging role is mother to her always-energetic eight-year-old daughter Hannah.

Articles by Sara Schairer

Holding hands with compassion
Facing the unknown can be unsettling. Being compassionate allows you to stay present with suffering, rather than become overwhelmed, run away, or pretend it doesn’t exist. Here are four ways to practice compassion so that you can be better poised to face uncertainty.Read More
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Instead of feeling frustrated during your commute, or annoyed that you have to wash the dishes, use that time as an opportunity to cultivate compassion. Listen to these podcasts to gain some perspective and learn how to meet others where they are.Read More
Practicing self-love can add numerous benefits to your life. Next time you want to berate or belittle yourself when you fail, silence your inner critic and learn how to practice self-compassion, instead.Read More
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Are you looking for ways to start the new year with compassion? Try these 10 simple ideas to weave kindness into your everyday life.Read More
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If you’re looking to enhance a person’s life this holiday season, how about gifting something more than just “stuff”—clothes, knick knacks, etc.? Here are eight ideas that prompt kindness and compassion.Read More
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The holidays often bring the good, the bad, and the ugly. How do you steer the conversation at the feast to focus on the good? Start with compassion.Read More
A young mother reading a book to her daughter
Since compassion is not yet a standard subject in schools, you can do your part to teach your children about compassion through books. Start with these eight books with accompanying discussion questions to help prompt meaningful conversations.Read More
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Fear of missing out, FOMO, is the urge to be everywhere with everyone, and may eventually lead to burnout. Take a look at these tips on how to keep FOMO at bay.Read More
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How is it possible to practice compassion toward people who frustrate you, who have nothing in common with you, or who do so much harm in the world? Here are four techniques you can try.Read More
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Is the back-to-school frenzy making you feel a bit stressed? Here are four ways to center yourself in preparation for your child’s school year.Read More
With a busy schedule and constant distractions, you may find it difficult to teach your children mindfulness. Here are four fun exercises to get you started with cultivating mindfulness in your household.Read More
Have you decided on your New Year's resolutions? This year, how about setting the goal to cultivate happiness? Here are five practices that can help make happiness a reality.Read More
It can be difficult escaping the materialism and consumerism that surrounds the holidays. Try one of these six activities to teach your child what this season is really about.Read More
The suffering around you might leave you emotionally exhausted. Learn how these compassion cultivation techniques to help you navigate these intense moments.Read More
Raising compassionate children is critical to making the world a better place. Follow these six steps to teach your children how to treat others.Read More
Adding a dose of compassion to someone else’s day not only uplifts their spirits, but makes you feel happier, too. And while most of us intend to be compassionate beings every day, our hectic schedules and busy lives can often get in the way of simply being kind to one another. The amazing thing...Read More
It's easier than ever to spread messages of hope and love. Here are five ways to make compassion go viral.Read More