It's me, Dr. Noir, again! I've been reading some of the writing of the Dalai Lama so here's a few of my favorite messages from him.
"Some people think that cultivating compassion is good for others but not necessarily for themselves, but this is wrong. You are the one who benefits most directly since compassion immediately instills in you a sense of calm (nowadays medical researchers have shown in scientific studies that a calm mind is essential for good health), inner strength, and a deep confidence and satisfaction, whereas it is not certain that the object of your feeling of compassion will benefit. Love and compassion open our own inner life, reducing stress, distrust, and loneliness."
"According to Buddhist psychology, most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent."
“Whether we will be able to achieve world peace or not, we have no choice but to work toward that goal. If we allow love and compassion to be dominated by anger, we will sacrifice the best part of our human intelligence -- wisdom, our ability to decide between right and wrong. Along with selfishness, anger is one of the most serious problems facing the world today."