I smile because no one really cares when you’re feeling sad. People don’t realize that their words have a major impact of how we feel. We can be feeling good about ourselves one minute, and then when certain words come into play we can feel horrible. When someone tries to dehumanize us, we shut down. Everybody wants to feel accepted as it is a human physiological need. If you verbally abuse somebody to the point where they feel offended, they can become unimportant. No one really knows how much pain someone is in until they show it. You can be standing by someone who seems completely content, but is torn up inside. Don’t assume anything because you don’t know that person’s life story. Always respect people’s feelings. Even if it doesn’t mean anything to you, it could mean everything to them. When you shrug off a person’s feelings, don’t be surprised if they shrug off your existence. Apologize for your actions. Apologize for your behavior, but never apologize for your feelings. They are simply a part of who you are. It hurts because it matters. It all matters.