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Compassion Games 2013! — Survival of the Kindest

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The Compassion Games are designed to make our communities safer, kinder, more just, and better places to live. No matter where you are you can perform a Random Act of Kindness, or become a Secret Agent of Compassion and receive a secret mission for each of the eleven days.

 

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Hon. Liz Sandals: Introduce a new course called "COMPASSION" for Grade 1 and Grade 12. https://www.change.org/p/hon-liz-sandals-introduce-a-new-course-called-compassion-for-grade-1-and-grade-12

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(Empathic Design) What is Empathy and Why Designers Need to Understand It  

(Empathic Design) What is Empathy and Why Designers Need to Understand It   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How is empathy manifested physiologically?
In the 90s, scientists conducting an experiment involving primates noticed an interesting phenomenon, later defined as a result of mirror neuron activity.

Quick description: Monkey is wired to a device. Scientists are observing the firing of certain neurons in its brain while the monkey grabs a banana. At lunchtime, a hungry scientist grabs a banana in sight of the monkey. The device shows that same neurons that fired when the monkey was reaching for the banana fire when the monkey observes the experimenter reaching for the banana.

 

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STUDY: Being A Good Parent Is Bad For Your Health - the hidden costs of parental empathy.

A study has revealed that worrying about your kids is bad for your health. The stress causes your immune system to drop, and parents are more likely to get sick. Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, and Jimmy Dore hosts of The Young Turks discuss.

 

“Kids with empathetic parents have well-documented advantages: less depression, less aggression, more empathy themselves. Parents also report better self-esteem when they make the effort to understand their children’s feelings.

 

 A team from Northwestern University has examined the hidden costs of parental empathy. They found that while the children of empathetic parents are better off physically and emotionally, the parents’ cells reveal chronic, low-grade inflammation. When their children suffer psychologically, empathetic parents’ immune systems take a hit.”

 

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How Cross-Cultural Travel Can Turn Children Into Empathetic & Compassionate Adults

How Cross-Cultural Travel Can Turn Children Into Empathetic & Compassionate Adults | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Traveling and interacting with people of other ethnicity introduce children to socioeconomic diversity and cultivate their curiosity for the world. Cross-cultural travel can make kids recognize that there's more to life than their egocentric view of the world.

 

One of the best ways to turn your children into empathetic adults is to expose them to other cultures by traveling. Experts believe that cross-cultural experiences can boost people's sense of empathy, compassion, creativity, and connection that he/she can bring into adulthood.

 

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Dr. Dan Siegel - On The Basis of Empathy 

Daniel Siegel M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. His training is in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. Dan is the author of many books on parenting, child development, Mindsight, etc

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How Cognitive Empathy in Marketing Revolutionizes Your Brand Relationships

How Cognitive Empathy in Marketing Revolutionizes Your Brand Relationships | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Donald Trump owns the fatal political and business flaw. Trump has a big problem. In his 2016 run for Presidency, Trump daily flashes his grand flaw, the one that will keep him out of the White House: a lack of empathy.

He is incapable of jumping inside the minds of voters to read their needs and connect with them emotionally and empathically.

Empathy is the capacity to get into the minds of others’ thoughts and feelings. In a powerful nation, success depends on caring for others, and Trump just doesn’t. He can’t get beyond himself.

 

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Denmark has figured out how to teach kids empathy and make them happier adults

Denmark has figured out how to teach kids empathy and make them happier adults | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
A University of Michigan study of nearly 14,000 college students found that students today have about 40% less empathy than college kids had in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and author of Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our-All-About-Me World, argues that that the rise of narcissism and loss of empathy are key reasons for why nearly a third of college kids are depressed and mental health problems among kids are on the rise.


Denmark, the land of the happiest people in the world (pdf), takes empathy seriously, with an hour of empathy-building each week a required part the national curriculum for all kids aged 6 to 16.

 

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Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds  

Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There is strong evidence that reading for pleasure can increase empathy, improve relationships with others, reduce the symptoms of depression and improve wellbeing throughout life, new research carried out for The Reading Agency has found.

The report, conducted by BOP Consulting and funded by the Peter Sowerby Foundation, brings together a strong and growing body of research that shows how and why reading for pleasure can bring a range of other benefits to individuals and society. There is already strong evidence to show that reading for pleasure plays a vital role in improving educational outcomes. However, in the UK, most children do not read on a daily basis and almost a third of adults don't read for pleasure.
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(Empathic Parenting) The Importance of Showing Empathy to Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

(Empathic Parenting) The Importance of Showing Empathy to Kids With Learning and Attention Issues | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
There are four main components of empathy. Keeping them in mind can help you show your child he’s loved for who he is. It lets him know that you see what he’s going through as more than just a problem to “fix.”

Taking his perspective: Putting your own feelings and reactions aside to see the situation through your child’s eyes.


Putting aside judgment: Not jumping to and expressing conclusions about your child’s situation.


Understanding your child’s feelings: Tapping into your own experiences to find a way to get what your child is feeling or to remember a time when you felt the same way. (Be careful not to overdo it, however. Your child’s experiences are his own.)


Communicating that you understand: Letting your child express himself without using “fix it” phrases like “what you need to do is….” Instead, try reflective phrases like, “It sounds like you…” or “I hear that you….”

 

 By Amanda Morin

 

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Sometimes, all they need is an empathetic adult to show them you care about them as a person and not a problem to be fixed.
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(Empathic Parenting) The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting

(Empathic Parenting) The Benefits and Dangers of Highly Empathic Parenting | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Highly empathic parents often think there's something wrong with them. Other people might chide you for being too much of a worry-wart or they may even suggest that you have an anxiety problem. You might wonder why other parents are relaxed and laid-back, while you feel overwhelmed and sometimes even burned out on parenthood.

The good news is that there is nothing wrong with you. In fact, research suggests your children are more likely to grow up both happier and healthier than other children. A new study shows that children of highly empathic parents thrive—they are psychologically and physically healthier and more balanced.

 

This makes sense. After all, you've created a world for them in which they feel loved, safe, cared for and attended to. And because you are so finely attuned to your child, you're probably selecting the right kinds of foods, environments and experiences to suit their needs and temperament

 
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Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms

Being a good parent will physiologically destroy you, new research confirms | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Kids with empathetic parents have well-documented advantages: less depression, less aggression, more empathy themselves. Parents also report better self-esteem when they make the effort to understand their children’s feelings.
But inside, it’s tearing them up.


A team from Northwestern University has examined the hidden costs of parental empathy. They found that while the children of empathetic parents are better off physically and emotionally, the parents’ cells reveal chronic, low-grade inflammation. When their children suffer psychologically, empathetic parents’ immune systems take a hit.

 

WRITTEN BY Corinne Purtill

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Empathy and Racism - Whole Child Education

Empathy and Racism - Whole Child Education | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
To build empathy around these topics, we need to ask: How do we share in these experiences of injustice? How do they affect all of us? How can we work together to build just, inclusive communities?

These are discussions that are missing in many classrooms, even those that are rich in many different kinds of diversity. Inequality exists today, but we have the opportunity to offer explanation and deeper understanding in the classroom. In my own attempts to create more inclusive conversations about race and racism in my kindergarten classroom, we confront the themes of justice, equality, and inclusion multiple times throughout the year.

 

We learn about many people who fight for positive social change—both famous and personal, true-to-life and fictional. We discuss skin color differences, learn to communicate across our differences, and explore and celebrate these differences through stories, poetry, imaginative play, and art activities.

 

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(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying

(Teaching Empathy) 7 Ways to Teach Empathy and Prevent Bullying | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met. It is very difficult for children to treat others kindly if they do not feel loved. Everyone knows that one of the reasons that kids bully others is that they don’t feel good about themselves. Parents cannot expect their kids to be loving and kind to others if they are not being treated with love and kindness. This is especially true for victims of bullying or victims of sibling bullying.

 

Here are seven ways you can teach your child empathy.

  1. Make sure your child’s emotional needs are met....
  2. Ensure kids can identify and share their feelings....
  3. Encourage kids to explore other perspectives...
  4. Model empathy using everyday opportunities...
  5. Teach kids to find common ground with others....
  6. Encourage kids to imagine how someone else feels....
  7. Talk to kids about how their behavior impacts others....

 

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Time out for hope and empathy

Time out for hope and empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Hearing the other person out is the first step; then listening to what they are saying is the second. That second step is the doorway to empathy. Feel free to step inside.

Whether you realize it or not, hope and empathy are tied and almost inextricably tied together. You can start spreading hope today. You just have to take a time out for hope and empathy.

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Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week

Design Thinking in the Elementary Classroom: the Power of Empathy -  Education Week | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

When introducing Design Thinking, elementary school teachers often worry that younger students cannot truly engage in empathy - the first step in the process - because they lack the initial experiences.

 

Julie Colantoni, a first-grade teacher in Medfield, MA, raised this concern during a Design Thinking introduction in an EdTechTeacher workshop. However, a few days later, when faced with a "bathroom challenge," she decided to trust the process.

 

First, Julie presented to her students that a problem existed in the school's bathrooms. Though guided, the students began to engage in empathy.

  • Why might this be a problem?
  • Who does this problem impact?
  • What could we, as first graders, do to fix this problem?

 

With those prompts, her students dove into the Design Thinking process. They came to their own realization that their actions impacted others and that this issue caused extra work for the school custodian. In essence, they defined the problem for themselves.

 

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Ironic but True: Being Empathic Can Have Serious Effects on Parents

Ironic but True: Being Empathic Can Have Serious Effects on Parents | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By Denise Uychiat,

 

As much as everybody would love to have a parent who empathizes with you in any given situation, there are growing evidence suggesting that being an empathetic parent may be bad for the health. Apparently, being a good mom and dad can have unhealthy side effects on one or both the parents.

 

A research team from the Northwestern University found that there is a direct connection between parental empathy and chronic, low-grade cellular inflammation, as well as increased levels of stress hormone production. The team explained that while children are showered with advantages every time they face difficult situation, parents who empathize and relate to their concerns and hardships can have major health effects over time,refinery29 reports

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Dr. Dan Siegel - Explains Mirror Neurons in Depth - YouTube

Dr. Dan Siegel tells us how mirror neurons work and how humans react when mirror neurons are stimulated.

"We are hard-wired to perceive the mind of another being."

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What Makes a Good Leader? Why Trump Gets a Thumbs Down

What Makes a Good Leader? Why Trump Gets a Thumbs Down | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

1) EMPATHY to truly CARE about people’s needs? Caring about people’s needs requires empathy. When Donald Trump says, “I don’t like losers,” it doesn’t show empathy for people who may have lost their jobs, their homes, their health or even worse, a loved one, as was the case of the Khan family. (Empathy for Caring = )

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The importance of authentic empathy when connecting with consumers 

The importance of authentic empathy when connecting with consumers  | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Rather than trying to use empathy as a shallow marketing tactic, empathy should become a deeper, more transformational form of compassion:1 authentic empathy can actually make a difference in people’s lives.

As an example of this principle at work, the conception and promotion of number of useful inventions can be traced back to creative people who have attempted to understand and assist the disabled. Inventions such as the bendy straw, the telephone, the typewriter and icon-based keyboards have all become popular because the inventors tried to help disabled people they knew, and then the marketing people picked up on the broader possibilities.

‘In empathising with others, we create things that we might never have created for ourselves,’1 says a Co.Design article on the subject. ‘We see past the specifics of what we know, to experiences that might actually be universal.’

Which makes authentic empathy a powerful tool for positive change.

 

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Empathy Software  

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that nearly ten percent of Americans seek therapy. But how exactly can one measure the effectiveness of these treatments?

 

According to a group of scientists at the University of Washington, the answer lies in a new software program that uses advanced technology to analyze therapy sessions and to provide detailed feedback to the practitioners.

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9 Ways to Be a More Empathetic Parent

9 Ways to Be a More Empathetic Parent | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
By Amanda Morin

It’s not always easy to respond to your child’s behavior with empathy. But when you show her you understand and respect her needs, you’re helping her stay motivated and gain self-esteem. Plus, you’re building her trust in you.

 

Showing empathy can help you change that dynamic and make your child more open to working on her challenges, including learning and attention issues. Here are tips for responding with empathy.

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How to Develop Empathy in Children (and Ourselves!)

How to Develop Empathy in Children (and Ourselves!) | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
When we have grown up in relationships that were not particularly empathic, we may need to practice and consciously work on giving and receiving empathy. And that is the good news, that giving and receiving empathy can be learned, or re-learned, and that if we practice, empathy can become a more natural and reflexive way-of-being-with-others.


1. Adopt an attitude of interest and curiosity about your children’s experience.


Rather than assuming that you know, be curious about what they may be thinking, feeling, and intending. Seek first only to understand their position.


2. Take turns. Taking turns in giving and receiving empathy can be easier said than done. Strive for mutual empathy. We must be able to give the other person a turn at feeling heard, understood, and appreciated. This entails putting our own feelings and perceptions temporarily aside, trusting that if we really listen to the other person, we will also get our turn to be heard and understood.

 

And we must be willing to take our turn when it is offered; we must be willing to reveal our own thoughts and feelings in such a way as to help the other person understand what we feel and what we need or want. As parents, we need to own our own needs rather than viewing children as “bad” for not recognizing them.

 

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4 Surprising Reasons Why Empathy Doesn't Work With Your Child

4 Surprising Reasons Why Empathy Doesn't Work With Your Child | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

4 reasons empathetic parenting doesn’t “work.” 
Hindsight is always 20/20. Looking back on my endless list of situations when empathetic parenting didn’t work, it’s easy to see where I went wrong, and how to “fix” it.

Empathy won’t “fix” screaming.

 

There is this notion that if your kids are loud or experience intense emotions that you are–in some way–a permissive parent. That you don’t have control of your child.

This is simply not true. Screaming, loud noises, intense emotions andtemper tantrums are healthy part of a child’s development.

 

 

Empathy won’t “fix” illogical and impulsive thoughts.

Empathy will help your child process emotion.

Empathy will build your connection with your child.

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Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy

Education Secretary Urges Schools to Tackle Racism, Teach Empathy | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it
The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has placed attention on longstanding institutional racism and the racial bias that exists throughout society. But it's also led to resistance, as well as rising tensions between police and people of color.

Education Secretary John King said a big part of this problem could be tackled if schools teach empathy. 

"As an educator, part of our role is to help students to see the world through others' eyes," King said.

 

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 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA  

 (Teaching Empathy) Mission impossible? Replacing abuse with empathy  - SOUTH AFRICA   | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

Abused in labour, depressed after giving birth – pregnancy can be a nightmare for women. But an inexpensive intervention is trying to change this by teaching caregivers to listen, empathise, and identify depression. 

 

“The PMHP has developed empathic training to address obstetric violence – the habitualised culture that enables the abuse of pregnant women. We can’t just plop in mental health services for women without fixing the sick environment,” adds Honikman, who is based at the University of Cape Town...

 

Empathic training focuses on role play, realistic case scenarios and small group engagement to illustrate the different components of empathic engagement and possible interventions.

 

“Participants role-play, as a group, the experience of what it is like to be the vulnerable mother engaging with a care worker. We facilitate ‘outing’ the aggressive, disrespectful interactions – the screaming and swearing at each other – in a way that is cathartic and funny,” says Honikman.

 

 

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(Teaching Empathy) How to Nurture Empathy in Kids--and Why It's So Important

(Teaching Empathy) How to Nurture Empathy in Kids--and Why It's So Important | Empathy and Compassion | Scoop.it

How Parents can Encourage Emotional Intelligence and Empathy in Their Children


While some people mistakenly believe that empathy is something we are born with and therefore either naturally have or don't have, the fact is that it is a skill that can be taught. Here are some ways parents can try teaching empathy and boost their child's emotional intelligence.

Make sure your child's own emotional needs are met. In order for a child to be able to feel and express empathy for someone else, her own emotional needs must first be met. She must be able to count on her parents and caregivers to provide emotional support before she can provide it to someone else.


Teach your child how to cope with negative emotions....

Ask, "How would you feel?...

Name that feeling...

Talk about positive and negative behaviors around you. ...

Set a good example....

 

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