Does the ideal of developing [compassion] to the point where it is unconditional mean that we must
abandon our own interests entirely? Not at all. In fact, it is the best way of serving them-indeed, it could even be said to constitute the wisest course for fulfilling self-interest. For if it is correct that those qualities such as love, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness are what happiness consists in…
then the more we are compassionate, the more we provide for our own happiness.
The 14th Dali Lama of Tibet