Recently we have experienced very unique, tumultuous, challenging, annoying and uncertain times. That’s why we want to share with you about Empathy. Empathy is defined by the Merrriam-Webster as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner”
Why do we believe Empathy is key to strengthen our community?
Understand others and treat them in the same way we wished to be treated, will allow us to share common believes and objectives, work together and build a better world.
For sure, during this year, the Universe has shown us that we need to change things; somehow we, as human beings were not doing things right and affecting our future. We need to be better.
How to be better?
It is certain that humans need of each other, it is unlikely to succeed alone: we need our community, our team. Due to technology, our communities have enlarged widely, nowadays we can reach anyone in a glimpse.
The “Greater good Magazine” of UC Berkeley, shared the “Six habits of highly emphatic people” since we can work on our empathy every day and cultivate throughout our live.
Habit 1: Cultivate curiosity about strangers.
“Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle, encountering lives and worldviews very different from our own”
Habit 2: Challenge prejudices and discover commonalities.
“Challenge our own preconceptions and prejudices by searching for what we share with people rather than what divides us”
Habit 3: Try another person’s life.
“Walk a mile in another man’s moccasins before you criticize him.”
Habit 4: Listen hard – and open up.
Habit 5: Inspire mass action and social change.
Habit 6: Develop an ambitious imagination.
“We also need to empathize with people whose beliefs we don’t share or who may be “enemies” in some way”.
We accept the challenge of working with our community and being more emphatic. We would like to work with you in strengthen our community and build a better world!
Do you want to learn more about empathy?
Kari Kampakis is an author, speaker, blogger, and newspaper columnist from Birmingham, Alabama and she writes abour family, values and how to become a better human being.
We invite you to watch her TED Talk: The Power of Empathy – and How it Changes Lives: