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5 Tools for raising compassionate, empathetic kids

5 Tools for raising compassionate, empathetic kids | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Empathy, compassion and the resulting kindness they instill are key ingredients to a life of happiness. Find out how to raise children with these qualities.

 

Raising kids to be compassionate and to have empathy is possible.

The good news is that multiple studies say children as young as toddlers have innate feelings of compassion and empathy. Empathy is defined as the ability to imagine walking in the shoes of another. And compassion is the emotional response generated by the suffering of others and then wanting to act on it by helping.

 

Research also says the empathy, compassion and the resulting kindness they instill are key ingredients to a life of happiness. What we do as adults matters in raising children to further develop those innate responses. Here are five tools that we can each incorporate into our lives.

 

by Robert V. Taylor i


Via Edwin Rutsch
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Want to raise happy kids?
Then you need to teach them compassion and empathy...

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Maria Teresa Frezet terapeuta olistica's curator insight, August 9, 2013 1:24 PM

Once more the importance of compassion and empathy! Basic ingredients for a peaceful life!

Alexandra Strickland's curator insight, September 12, 2013 3:32 AM

Nicely said!

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Mindful or Mindless: Where Are We Going In Our Relationship With Children?

Mindful or Mindless: Where Are We Going In Our Relationship With Children? | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Katie Zahedi spent a day delving into social-emotional learning and walked out wondering why all of that is getting lost in our present educational system.
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Thank you for extending our reach outside of Omega Katie, and thank you Daniel Goleman, Linda Lantieri, Dan Siegel, Shauna Shapiro, Gunilla D, Lama Dawa Philips, Leslie Booker and not the least, Daniel Rechtschaffen.

 

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Love People, Not Pleasure

Love People, Not Pleasure | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
What do fame, wealth and lots of sex bring? Exactly the opposite of what you think.
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Is life all about having the most pleasurable experiences?
 

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The Character Factory

The Character Factory | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Antipoverty programs will continue to be ineffective until they integrate a robust understanding of character.
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What are the parts of building character?

Taking a wider approach to the factors behind success in life...

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The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic

The 8 Skills Students Must Have For The Future - Edudemic | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

 What skills current students need to meet  the ever changing needs of the global market, and some potential ways to address shortcomings in our collective educational systems.…

This year’s “The Learning Curve” report from Pearson takes a look at education across the globe. the report rank the world’s educational systems . 

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Important skills  of the future.  

Global citizenship, team-working, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship. (+4 more)

I'd like to add Heart and Purpose

 

 

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Developing Global Compassion - Paul Ekman Group, LLC

Developing Global Compassion - Paul Ekman Group, LLC | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

Over the last decade, Paul Ekman has had the opportunity to spend close to 50 hours in one-on-one conversations with the Dalai Lama. The content from their first dialogue was published in the book Emotional Awareness (2008). During their most recent meeting in New Delhi, India, (January 2012)  they spent another 6 hours discussing compassion; this exchange was recorded and segmented into many different webisodes for our series called Developing Global Compassion. We will release and archive a new webisode every 2 weeks beginning June 9th through December 2014. You can read part of the transcribed conversation and discover how the Dalai Lama responded to Ekman’s thinking in the last chapter of  his new book Moving Toward Global Compassion. A special thank you to John Cleese for his involvement with the Dalai Lama and participation in this project.

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This is sooo inspiring. Feels great to know that great minds are preoccupied and working to counter-act all the scary tendencies of greed, power play and egotism.
Get the book and jump aboard this wave of positive change. 

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ADD - the types of its manifestation in kids | Autism & Hope

ADD - the types of its manifestation in kids | Autism & Hope | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

ADD - the types of its manifestation in kids. Attention Deficit Disorder can take several forms in children. It is not difficult to track the child with ADD who is very chaotic. Boys generally come into this category. But then there are some types of ADD which go undiagnosed because their effects in children are less outwardly evident. This happens mainly in case of girls.

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Girls are often not diagnosed due to being less outwardly evident. But what are the detectable signs?

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Alan Wallace - A Better Version of Myself

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Alan on The fine balance of relaxation and sharpness of mind...

Attention and it's role in learning.

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The Naked Face

The Naked Face | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

Can you read people’s thoughts just by looking at them?

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This old article is well worth reading. Gladwell has a way with words, and the work of Paul Ekman is a remarkable subject.

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The Oasis Within: Mindfulness Practice for Teachers

The Oasis Within: Mindfulness Practice for Teachers | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

A handful of studies with educators have found reductions in stress, increased compassion for oneself and others, improved focus and attention, and more effective teaching practices, even after just eight weeks of mindfulness training. 

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Mindfulness for teachers show positive effects, no wonder. Hard to think of more taxing circumstances to keep calm under then with 30 lively kids in the classroom...

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EmoVideo - The story of emotions - YouTube

Emotion awareness training, impulse control, social skills by EMPATICUS and prePULSE.
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The story of emotions... 

We´ve made an infovideo about emotions.

If you like it, please share!

 

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Connected and Disconnected: Technology, Empathy, and Loneliness

Connected and Disconnected: Technology, Empathy, and Loneliness | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

Is technology tearing us apart? Can it bring us together?  
From Sweden, Pål Dobrin is presenting Empaticus apps and “Manga” style comics to teach SEL.  From Australia, Lucy Richards shares Smiling Mind, and app-based approach to mindfulness 

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Is technology the problem, or is it about how we’re using these tools?  Can we turn this around?  How can apps and web tools be used to bring us together -- to solve this most basic of human needs?

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HEALTHY HABITS OF MIND

Healthy Habits of Mind shows how kindergarteners at Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley, California are introduced to mindfulness during their school day. The students…
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*Smiling*
This is so inspiring. Kids being taught how to be grounded, how to focus their attention and open up their hearts.

Imagine if this pioneering work could be spread to schools all over the world.

*Smiling*

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Medkänsla i ledarskapet lönar sig – mer än du tror « Chef.se

Medkänsla i ledarskapet lönar sig – mer än du tror « Chef.se | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

Det är lönsamt att vara snäll som chef. Både väl­befinnandet och effektiviteten ökar. Det menar forskaren Daniel E Martin, professor på Stanfords center för altruism och medkänsla, och som just nu reser världen över och föreläser om ”compassion leadership”.

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Professor Daniel E Martin från CCARE intervjuad i tidningen Chef.

 Nu börjar storföretag inse att det är ekonomiskt riktigt att ha chefer som visar medkänsla, det ger mindre sjukfrånvaro och högre produktivitet.
Ok, då.
 

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Eight Keys to End Bullying

Eight Keys to End Bullying | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
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Team-work is needed, there´s no other way to end bullying. Adults must get involved. Hard facts.

Good article from Greater Good as always.

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Emotional Intelligence Infographic

Emotional Intelligence Infographic | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
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What is emotional intelligence and Why should you improve yours?

Good overview from University of Maryland.

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A call to arms

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they're doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren't covering it...
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Got to love this: John Oliver using humor to stir up a reaction in the face of corporate attack on internet neutrality.

Will you laugh yourself into action?

www.fcc.gov/comments

Just do it

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Daniel Rechtschaffen | The way of Mindful education

Daniel Rechtschaffen | The way of Mindful education | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

Mindfulness in Education is an invitation to self-discovery and to becoming a skilled purveyor of mindful, compassionate, and ethical ways of teaching.

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Finally!

this book has been in the making for a while and now it is out! Daniel is one of the most influential actors in the field of Mindfulness in education, and this book gives all educators access to his many years of experience. 

Daniel has designed the mindfulness exercises included in the workbooks developed by prePULSE.com.

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ADHD Prescriptions Double and So Do The Side Effects

ADHD Prescriptions Double and So Do The Side Effects | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
While stimulant and non-stimulant medications help manage symptoms of ADHD like persistent patterns of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity, they are not without side effects.
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This data is from the US, but similar patterns are probably present all over the world. How to approach this in a holistic manner?

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International protests against PISA An Open Letter: To Andreas Schleicher, OECD, Paris | Global Policy Journal

International protests against PISA                An Open Letter: To Andreas Schleicher, OECD, Paris | Global Policy Journal | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Dear Dr. Schleicher,
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Antalet internationella forskare som protesterar mot det fokus på fler tester i skolan som uppstått till följd av PISA-rankingen.
 

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OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics

OECD and Pisa tests are damaging education worldwide - academics | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
In this letter to Dr Andreas Schleicher, director of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment, academics from around the world express deep concern about the impact of Pisa tests and call for a halt to the next round of testing
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Is education not supposed to be something more than what PISA tests?

What should be the goal of our education system? It´s desired outcome?

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Emovideo 2 - Emotion facts

Emotion awareness training, impulse control, social skills by EMPATICUS and prePULSE.
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Animated short-movie about emotions. 

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Sir Ken Robinson - Imagination and Empathy

At the Dalai Lama Center's Speakers Series event "Educating the Heart and Mind", Sir Ken Robinson shares the importance of imagination and empathy in education.
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Well spoken argument by Sir Ken. Our schools need to help students develop skills of heart and mind. 

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Meditation helps pinpoint neurological differences between two types of love

Meditation helps pinpoint neurological differences between two types of love | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it
Yale School of Medicine researchers studying meditators have found that a more selfless variety of love — a deep and genuine wish for the happiness of others without expectation of reward — actually t
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Romantic Love vs. Loving Kindness for all

The two are not the same, and do not manifest at the same time in the brain. one turns the other off, and some say that it hurts.

Love - hard to grasp.

 

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Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence?

Is Attention the Secret to Emotional Intelligence? | EMPATICUS | Scoop.it

An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus. 
Attentional skills are fundamentally under siege today. Never before in human history have there been so many seductive distractors in a person’s day, in a given hour, or in 10 minutes. There are pingings and pop-ups and all kinds of sensory impingements on our attention that want to pull us away from what we’re trying to focus on.

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Attention training need to be part of every school curricculum. Especially since "inner" attention is key to Emotional Intelligence.

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The Power of Outrospection

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...
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Mindfulness and intro-spection in all honor, The insight of Krznaric is that it is time to connect with the world around us and expand the circles of empathy. Experiential museum of empathy is a thrilling idea, would love to visit one of those!

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Emotivation online me-search tool

Build everyday emotional awareness with daily logs, evening mindfulness practices and weekly info graphic self-reports.
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Emotional Intelligence Tech Suport 
A collaboration between Eve Ekman and Empaticus
for the Compassion & Technology Contest hosted by Stanford CCARE supported by Dalai Lama Foundation and 1440 

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