Understanding and love- these two simple words hold the power to change lives when put into action. How often does it happen that a bad day transforms into a good one just by a random act of kindness done by someone? Quite often, right? In most cases, the person who does that random act isn’t even aware of how big in magnitude it is and how deeply it affects the receiver. An act of kindness never goes to waste as you never know when YOU are the person needing it and a random stranger returns it to you. This is what happens when we are compassionate to other people. Understanding that everyone is going through something they don’t talk about and showing them some kindness, empathy, and love is the very fabric of internal human goodness and history, is a testament to it, for how many things wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the thread of understanding and love that binds the human race. Even the coldest and most indifferent of souls can be changed when treated with love, who knows that the lack of love and understanding from fellow humans was the very thing that turned them the way they are now. Dalai Lama once said “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Empathy is to our heart what spices are to food. We can survive without it but life would be so better with it. We get what we put into this world. And if it is love and compassion that we radiate, we sure get it back resulting in a win-win situation, both for ourselves and the people around us. Love and compassion are the only antidotes to our bitter emotions, making us the best version of ourselves. If only we treated fellow humans just like we treat our golden retrievers, the would be such a better place!

Written by – Radhika Ahuja

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