Nature….as a human being
By nature,especially as a human being, my interests are not independent of others. My happiness depends on others’ happiness. So when I see happy people, automatically I also feel a little bit happier than when I see people in a difficult situation. For example, when we see pictures on television which show people starving in Somalia, including old people and young children then we automatically feel sad, regardless of whether that sadness can lead to some kind of active help or not.
~The Dalai Lama’s Little book of wisdom~