How to Show Empathy

Being able to practice empathy is one of the biggest skills you can learn.

In a world that spends so much time picking at flaws and igniting fear and anger in people, empathy can be a balm to that fear and anger. It can help you, and others, lead a more fulfilling and healthier life. See step 1 to get started.

 Practicing Specific Empathy

  • Listen…
  • Open up
  • Offer physical affection
  • Focus your attention outwards
  • Withhold judgment
  • Offer help.

Building Up Your Empathy

  • Challenge your own prejudice.
  • Use your imagination. 
  • Practice experiential empathy.
  • Treat people as being important. 
  • Practice loving-kindness meditation.