The importance of developing empathy

The Advantage Book – The 7 soft skills and the need for developing empathy

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” — Victor Hugo


Loving another teaches us so much and is a great practising ground for empathy! If we can become more mindful, be in the present and listen we are going a long way to strengthening our empathy skills. What better person to try these things on than your loved ones?


Neuroscientist Uri Hasson researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become “aligned,” when we hear the same idea or story. This amazing neural mechanism allows us to transmit brain patterns, sharing memories and knowledge. “We can communicate because we have a common code that presents meaning,” Hasson says.