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May 2, 2011 / Man in the Mirror

Challenge of the Day: Be Compassionate

The wealthier you are, the less adept you may be at reading another person’s emotions. So says researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. No matter where you fall on the socio-economic scale, empathy and compassion are skills that can be honed. In her book Real Happinesswpid-ir-2011-05-2-23-10.gif, meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg suggests building your empathy muscles by sitting quietly and calling up an image of someone you love while repeating silently, “May you be happy. May you be healthy. May you live with ease.” Try it when you find yourself sitting still today—on the bus, at the doctor’s office, or before bed.

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