Meaningful and enriching human connections are incredibly important in today’s society. Buddhism teaches four kinds of beneficial efforts that can promote a flourishing community. Known as “the four methods of winning people over,” they can be expressed in simple, lay person’s terms as: 1) giving a gift of some kind or imparting encouragement and wisdom to the person, removing anxiety and fear; 2) speaking kindly; 3) taking action to benefit another person; 4) going into the midst of the people and working together with them in a spirit of equality.

Daisaku Ikeda, World Tribune, October 3, 2014

People don’t make you happy, your thoughts do. People don’t make you sad, your emotions do. Age doesn’t make you mature, experiences do.

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(Source: psych-facts)