By Mimi Nicklin
As every day of 2020 goes by we become increasingly aware of the need to live ever more cohesive and connected lives. For so long we have existed in our own self-driven bubbles, moving from one daily drama to the next, without investing the time to focus on really connecting with those around us, on empathising with them.
Often mistaken as a skill we are born with more or less of, empathy is a natural ability we all possess to overcome the daily grind of solitary living. It is, at its core, about walking in the shoes of others and being able to perspective take. Like so many things in life however committing to practicing empathy for others will aid us in improving our ability to do so – and the benefits are well worth the effort. Empathising with those around us doesn’t only deepen the quality of our relationships but, after two months of the pressures of being quarantined at home, it will improve our ability to heal and move forward with those we care for. To rebuild relationships and to see the world through eyes beyond our own. So, how do we cultivate the practice of empathetic living in our everyday lives?
4 ‘easy to commit to’ steps
We can cultivate empathy throughout our lives and we can have a huge impact on ourselves and others by doing so. The days of believing that we are essentially self-interested creatures (survival of the fittest) have passed as we now see both evidence, and necessity, for us to be wired to care and driven by social cooperation and mutual aid. Empathy can be learned and never has there been a better time to start.
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