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7 Ways to Cultivate Compassion

Research shows helping others improves overall mental well-being

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2. Listen and say nothing. Even though I may think I know what's best for the people in my life and long to tell them exactly what to do, unless they're about to get hit by a truck or are otherwise in danger, I try to stop myself before I open my mouth. I've discovered that lending my ear but not my opinion is one of the simplest yet most welcome acts of kindness. Reminder to self: Empathic listening works especially well with adult children, who need to learn from their own mistakes — just as I did.

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