Emotional Wellbeing: How To Build Empathy- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM
“YOU NEVER REALLY UNDERSTAND A PERSON UNTIL YOU CONSIDER THINGS FROM HIS POINT OF VIEW … UNTIL YOU CLIMB INSIDE OF HIS SKIN AND WALK AROUND IN IT.”
~TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Our emotional health has a direct impact on our physical wellbeing and vitality. Surrounding ourselves with loved ones and being part of a community are as vital to our longevity as eating well, exercising, taking care of our cells, and detoxing from electronics and environmental toxins.
Empathy plays a large part in helping us forge genuine and lasting connections with the people in our lives, as well as the world at large. Different from sympathy, empathy arises when we step into the shoes of a fictional hero or heroine or the person across the table from us and actually feel what they feel—sadness, grief, joy, anger, or a complex array of emotions.
Empathy helps us share and understand other people’s feelings and emotions; receiving empathy during a hard time can be the difference between joy and despair. Although some people are more naturally sensitive than others, empathy is a skill that can be learned at any point in life, though it is ideally taught in childhood and reinforced throughout the rest of our lives.
OUR TIPS ON HOW TO BUILD EMPATHY AS AN ADULT…
Edited by Alison Baenen