Human Warmth and Compassion
I think that empathy is important not only as a means of enhancing compassion, but I think that generally speaking, when dealing with others on any level. If you’re having some difficulties it’s extremely helpful to be able to try to put yourself in the other person’s place and see how you would react to the situation.
On a personal level, being open and sharing things can be very useful. Because of this nature I can make friends more easily, and it’s not just a matter of knowing people and having a superficial exchange but of really sharing my deepest problems and suffering. And it’s the same thing when I hear good news. I immediately share it with others. So, I feel a sense of intimacy and connection with my friends.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.