The ability to understand and share the feelings of another
Empathy connects people, expands understanding, and is vital to our relationship with others. We all have our own reality; our individual set of beliefs and understanding of the world. That being said, it is important to observe others outside of yourself and try to understand where they come from and how they got to where they are today.
By putting yourself in another persons situation, you are able to reach common ground and think about things from their point of view. This is crucial in order to not begin viewing people as “others” but rather, see them as one of you.
One way to participate in being empathetic is to listen. Really listen, without a pre-formulated response, but by taking their viewpoint into consideration and then respectfully replying with your take on the issue. This is a good way to share experiences and gain a mutual understanding of each other’s realities.
Another great way to practice being empathetic, is to observe the world around you and take others into account. Look up from your phone and let others know that you are here and you see them. Smile at people who look like they are having a rough day. Give money to the homeless guy, even if you are skeptical of his intentions of what he might do with your money.
You never know the influence a smile or small amount of money to someone in need might have. They could be at the lowest point in their life and your simple contribution might restore their faith in the world and their potential. Be willing to look outside of yourself and begin to care for complete strangers.
Expand your horizons and look into others people’s lives starting today!
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