Practice what you preach and show compassion to someone in need. A little hug can go a long way to helping someone making it through tough times. We all need to feel connected and part of something. So when someone lashes out at you for no reason, it could be because they’re struggling with something greater than you may know.
You don’t have to know details about what others are going through. They may not even want to share for fear of ridicule or threats to their position. But it doesn’t take being nosy to show someone compassion.
A simple touch of the shoulder, caress of the hand or arm can work as well as a hug. You can promote healing and empower them to get through one more day. You can also help yourself.
Practicing what you preach brings positive energy back to you as well. You can’t talk a good talk and then not back it up with actions. So if you’re talking bad about someone, putting others down because of their differences, think about how that works against your own self interests.
If you want to be accepted for who and what you are, then you must practice those words toward others in your life. If you walk with a scowl on your face through the halls; how are you inviting smiles of acceptance from others. Think about how you act and how others treat you and you may find areas where you need to change your own attitudes. Maybe the one who needs the hug is you.
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