When it comes to increasing your capacity for empathy, the journey can be a lot like chasing happiness or love or any other elusive and sometimes fleeting emotion. Empathy might find you, but sometimes you just have to choose it.
Science tells us that, in any given moment, we either feel empathy or we don’t—and that we’re even able to recognize when we’re not feeling empathy in a moment when we should and autocorrect. That’s because the brain’s capacity for empathy is elastic and when we believe we can be more empathetic, we can be.
“Empathy takes practice, empathy can be improved, and if you’re willing, it can transform all of us—both professionally and personally.” Magali Charmot