If we truly want happiness in life then we need to learn the art of witnessing or distancing ourselves from external situations. If two persons are into a heated argument, and we watch from distance we may be entertained! But if we are into the arguments, we are annoyed and frustrated. Distance gives us scope to understand and respond with empathy, it also helps you understand your reactions better.
We can craft better ways to handle persons and situations. We can keep our calm, heal our self and heal others too.
Bodhi Shuddhaanandaa 
Formerly known as Shuddhaanandaa Brahamchari