How to have more empathy (but not too much)

“Being able to imagine walking in someone else’s shoes takes work,” the article noted.

Stumbling through a trial-and-error period in order to improve your empathy skills can pay off in surprising ways, The Huffington Post reported. The emotion helps us build new connections with other people and become better leaders. It can even reduce physical pain.

Empathy also strengthens our relationships with friends and loved ones, even when someone still has a lot to learn about being supportive, the Journal reported.

One study showed that “both men and women were happier when their partner simply made an effort to show emotional support.