How to Improve Your Relationship Using Empathy

One study in Scientific American showed that our ability to feel empathy is actually a muscle that can be strengthened with a little mental exercise. In the study they had subjects participate in “compassionate meditation,” which basically involved focusing on five specific people (someone they loved, a friend, someone they’re fighting with, a stranger, and of course, themselves) while repeating a compassionate phrase like “May you be free from suffering.” And lo and behold, after two short weeks of doing this for 30 minutes a day, they were more altruistic and empathetic. by Laura Willcox