Ramadan is a month where our ability to feel compassion and empathy for each other is heightened. The heart is softened through the fasting during the day and the long prayers at night. Even if you, like me, don’t yet understand what is being recited in the taraweeh prayers, just listening to the recitation of the Quran has a softening effect on the heart. This softening leads us to be more lenient with those we love and to give and forgive without any hesitation. It also leads us to understand where someone else is coming from and to look at things from their perspective which in turn leads us to improve our relationships with people. We are less likely to resort to blame when a problem arises and more likely to seek to understand people’s unique perspective and work out a compromise.