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Cultivate Goodwill

It is important to get a handle on "ill will", i.e., irritated, resentful, and angry feelings and intentions toward others. While it may seem justified in the moment, ill will harms you probably more than it harms others. Ill will creates negative, vicious cycles. But that means good will can create positive cycles. Plus good will cultivates wholesome qualities in you. Read More

Excellent advice!

Excellent and extremely practical advice. Thanks so much!

I'd like, if I may, to offer an alternative to your "Meet Mistreatment with Loving Kindness," which I think few of us are enlightened enough to practice.

But how about ... "When you encounter unkindness, treat someone else with kindness."

I find this much easier to do, and it yields the same effect. When someone treats you unkindly, you become hurt, defensive and shut-down. But when you turn around (and at your earliest opportunity) treat someone else with kindness, your heart immediately opens up again and you restore yourself.

And the bonus, of course, is that you create more kindness in the world.

I Agree!

Developing human values and attitude is the key to good will! I liked the advice of kindness and generosity. I am studying about the same in detail at: http://www.dadabhagwan.org/scientific-solutions/humanity/

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.

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