I co-authored these thoughts with my friend Emma Seppala, who serves as Associate Director at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and is a popular science
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There is so much we can tap into when it comes to allowing ourselves down time - connecting with others, doing nothing, daydreaming, getting out in nature - that it will greatly fuel our life and career. So what's stopping us?
Psychology Professor Mahzarin Banaji gave incoming members of Harvard’s Class of 2017 a tour of their own biases, helping to raise awareness that can help them avoid making decisions based on unconscious preferences.
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Have you ever considered how your bias impacts your work?
A mindful leader can respond to change with focus and clarity, and avoid repeating the same mistakes, writes Cheryl Rezek
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Mindfulness is a component of compassionate leadership as well as much of it stems from a place of awareness. With awareness we can lead in a different way and motivate and inspire those around us to greatness.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to lookthrough each other’s eyes for an instant?" Henry David ThoreauPeople tend to circle with those who share similar views and ideas, but what about those who don’t share the same values or who don’t believe in the same God? Can you still feel to their joy? Suffering? Experiences? That's Empathy.
We must take the first leap together, as ONE, to see beyond what defines us and to reach beyond where we come from to truly see others. Heartbreak, anger, loneliness; these are universal terms. And what about other living creatures, do they not feel pain and suffering?
What we are trying to say is that we must care about those around us. It shouldn't be just about OUR loved ones, OUR misfortunes and OUR pleasures. Globalizing empathy is a step towards a better society, developing care and understanding that cross geographical, social and species boundaries.
Can us caring lead others to care? And can this care be translated into actions? Actions like saving lives, spreading love, reaching out and giving a helping hand…
Great thinkers say it is the key to a successful society. Business leaders are interested in its potential to reduce burnout and low productivity. Educators know it is what matters most. Scientific institutes are opening new centres to research it.
Most of us hold it as a central value in our personal life... But do we also put it into action in our working life?
Tears of Bangladesh is a fundraising dinner aiming to raise awareness on the plight of the Bangladeshi people.The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Whoever relieves a believer’s distress of the distressful aspects of this world, Allah will rescue him from a...
People are capable of amazing kindness, but also of unbelievable callousness. We go out of our way to help strangers, but we also turn a blind eye to misery. But what if you could make human beings kind all the time? What does science teach us about empathy, and how to create it in people? We decided to ask the experts.
We approached some of the top experts in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy with a pretty simple question: "Suppose you were ruler of the world, and you decided to engineer the human race to have more empathy. How would you go about doing this, and what would be the consequences, good or bad?"
The answers we received reveal a lot about not just empathy, but about human nature.
My son and I recently tested a fun app called, “How are you?” developed by tapp-mobile.com and designer Giorgia Graziadei. The educational app was created for kids to encourage and develop empathy by recognizing their own emotions so that they can learn to recognize emotions and feelings in others. “How are you?” app is designed for children 3- 6 years old and for people on the autistic spectrum.
To Guide Difficult Conversations, Try Using Compassion. "Oh no, here comes another one of those conversations," you say to yourself. You know what I'm talking about — we all have to face them from time to time, and they can be the bane of ...
Technology may make it easier to communicate electronically, but more difficult to do so emotionally.
Psychologists who study empathy and compassion are finding that unlike our almost instantaneous responses to physical pain, it takes time for the brain to comprehend the psychological and moral dimensions of a situation. The more distracted we become, and the more emphasis we place on speed at the expense of depth, the less likely and able we are to care...
Most of the time, most people are not crying in public, but everyone is always in need of something that another person can give, be it undivided attention, a kind word or deep empathy. There is no better use of a life than to be attentive to such needs. There are as many ways to do this as there are kinds of loneliness, but all of them require attentiveness, all of them require the hard work of emotional computation and corporeal compassion. All of them require the human processing of the only animal who risks “getting it wrong” and whose dreams provide shelters and vaccines and words to crying strangers.
Stories of heroism, compassion from the Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs Colorado Springs Gazette Sheriff Terry Maketa told a story about a patrol car almost getting burned in the Black Forest fire because it symbolizes the heroism of...
Sue Gerhardt, author of 'Why Love Matters', illustrates the important connection between nurturing infants and the development of empathy.
Why do you think empathy is important for children to develop?
Empathy is one of our highest human skills and holds families and societies together. Feeling connected to other people is probably the deepest satisfaction we will ever know. How terrible for children who are being brought up without that capacity – and how risky for the future of the planet. I talk about some of these bigger issues in my book The Selfish Society: How We Forgot to Love Each Other and Made Money Instead (Simon and Schuster 2010).
At what point do you think children who have been nurtured at a young age are able to behave with a spirit of empathy?
There is a delicate balance to strike between empathy and effectiveness in interpersonal communication.
Interpersonal communication — you know, talking with others — can be a tough nut to crack sometimes. Whether it be between family, colleagues or just plain socially, there is a delicate balance to strike between empathy and effectiveness.
Empathy begins with listening, of course, so it’s no wonder that many of us prefer talking! It extends to finding the right way to “connect back” with what a person said, especially if you disagree or are even offended.
It’s safe to say that all parents want their children to succeed. In our increasingly competitive culture, parents’ fixation on their children’s succ (Enhancing your self-acceptance and self-compassion.
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