People who are empathetic show a greater capacity for leadership, forgiveness, learning and a host of other beneficial qualities.
Empathy is the ability to put yourself into someone else’s shoes — to understand them, to feel their pain, to take on their concerns, worries and regrets, as well as their joys, their elations and their excitement. As basic and elemental as this may sound, it’s not an easy thing to do. But it is beneficial.
People with empathetic personalities are more likely to have satisfying long-term relationships.
Empathy is a key emotion sought after in leaders, in upper management, in spouses, in students, in children and in friends. It’s been scientifically proven to promote “prosocial” behaviors (acts that help others, especially altruistic ones), contribute to “emotional intelligence,” and educators are even pushing to instill it in grade school students. Why? Because empathy makes the world a better place, for you and for those around you.