All human beings want happiness and do now want suffering and use many different ways to remove suffering. It does not matter whether one is religious or not ,but we tend to seek a way to lessen our suffering, so that we can find happiness. Sometime we even tend to take on pan as a means to overcome suffering and gain a measure of happiness.
Everyone tries to remove superficial pain, but there is another class of techniques concerned with removing suffering on a deeper level. Spiritual practice is the deeper type. These techniques involve in adjustment of attitude, and adjustment of your thoughts in a beneficial way. This means that by adjusting counterproductive attitudes, you are held back from a particular kind of suffering and are thereby freed from it. Spiritual education protects or holds you and others back from misery.
After first understanding your won situation and then seeking to hold yourself back from suffering you extend your realization to other beings and develop compassion, dedicating yourself to holding others back from suffering. It makes practical sense for you, just one being, to opt for taking care of many, you also make yourself happier. Compassion diminishes fears about your own and increases your own inner strength. It gives you a sense of empowerment of being able to accomplish your tasks .It lends encouragement.
Lot of times when you are in pain and if you see someone else who has more pain and suffering tan you, you tend to forget your own pain. The reason this happens if because, you tend to value your pain less as compared to others. Compassion helps strengthen your outlook and with that courage you become more relaxed.