When someone we know—or even a stranger we counter in the grocery store or on the bus—is clearly in distress, our first reaction is often to try to comfort the person. Whether it’s with words or offers of help, we don’t want to see someone going through a hard time. Also, people who are sad and upset make us…Read more...
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