#Repost from @projecthappiness_org•A lot of people think compassion comes only towards people we know, or to people suffering great misfortune. But the truth is, compassion could be everywhere, to everyone, all the time. Now, that doesn't mean we’d feel burdened 24/7 or allow people to be irresponsible because we know their sad stories. On the contrary, it would dissolve so much of the anger and misunderstanding that we encounter. What we focus on grows. Do we want to grow anger, or do we want to grow compassion?Without having compassion, we can tend to take things personally that have nothing to do with us. We can then become defensive or offended and return the exact energy towards the person that was directed to us, which is often anger or irritation in some form. Having compassion also means to understand. To understand it isn't you, to recognize it is them in pain. No need to absorb their anger, or lash back, either. When you see someone lash out, always keep in mind that everyone has a story. Everyone has pain. Have compassion for yourself too, and seek to understand your own pain and patterns and heal them. Lasting change always starts from the inside..Check out the link in our bio and start Mission I’m Possible, an empathy building play-based program, for FREE!