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Here is a game to play.
Decide for an afternoon (or an hour or five minutes) that you are going to imagine there is a good reason for everything each person you encounter does in that time. Imagine a kind explanation of who they are and what they are doing.
For example, you could imagine that the cashier who was short tempered with you is in a hurry to get off his shift because his mother is ill and he wants to visit her in the hospital.
Or you could imagine that your child who is screaming at another child is using the most effective tactic she knows to help solve a problem.
If you can get your kids to play along, you can look at strangers that you see and collectively come up with kind explanations for odd behaviours that you see.
See how it feels to spend some time actively imagining the best of people.