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Lessons on love: Demonstrate compassion

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST

The Missourian interviewed 10 senior citizens with more than 400 combined years of marriage among them, and we've compiled a list of the 10 tips they shared. Read all 10 lessons in a single story.

9. Demonstrate compassion

For 25 years, Kusum Chandrapal volunteered at an orphanage in India.

"They most need love,” she said. "They hunger for it."

She remembers how the children would gather on the balcony of the orphanage and wave when she and her two friends would drive up to volunteer.

"What they most want is someone who will love them, who will be concerned about them and who will miss them badly."

By collecting money, Chandrapal was able to provide the children with little treats like sweets.

"You have to love everybody, serve everybody and when you do that and you have love in your heart, everything will go well."

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