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

The ability to focus and give the gift of attention is a must-have now and one of the skills we are in danger of losing. Empathy is about listening and being in the present so that you can do this well. If we could put our empathy skills into action each and every day we’d notice a massive surge in understanding, productivity and effectiveness.

Writer Andrew Solomon has spent his career telling stories of the hardships of others. Now he turns inward, bringing us into a childhood of adversity, while also spinning tales of the courageous people he’s met in the years since. In a moving, heartfelt and at times downright funny talk, Solomon gives a powerful call to action to forge meaning from our biggest struggles.

Empathy Worksheets

Getting started: Simple mindfulness exercises
Getting started: Simple mindfulness exercises

You don’t have to be kneeling on a mat or sitting in a candle-lit room – in fact there is not need to work hard or be uncomfortable to meditate…

Infographic: Creating your own self-care list
Infographic: Creating your own self-care list

This visual version of the self-care list found in the book will help you to better understand the simple choices you can make to improve your own self-care and by extension, your empathy skills.

Worksheet: Creating your own self-care list
Worksheet: Creating your own self-care list

Writing a self-care list may seem like an odd thing to do – perhaps you’ve never really thought about this before but it is so vital when it comes to empathy…

LISTENING EXERCISES
LISTENING EXERCISES

These exercises will really heighten your awareness of your listening skills and, most importantly, HOW to actively listen more.

More empathy resources…

  • I found Emma very empathetic and practising, what she’s teaching. I enjoyed the combination of animations, video, games and discussions. A very well timed workshop.

  • Really good session – would have liked more to really get a grip on empathy. Thanks

  • I never realised the extent of how far empathy goes and what is involved in this.

  • Really eye-opening, teaching me more about myself and my ability to empathise effectively.

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