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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

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Remember reflection? That's something we used to do occasionally before we all became addicted to checking our Web-enabled devices every few minutes for our much-needed digital data fixes. Prior to...

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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:32 PM

:) .. curious, does the constant burst mode style of reading we now getting acustomed to, afforded by our various mobile devices, errode our ability to stop think and reflect? ... i would like to think not.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 13, 2013 6:03 AM
I wouldn't think os Andreas; I prefer to regard those bursts of reading as a provocation, a springboard for thinking and reflection.
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Philosophy in Action: The Role of Empathy in Morality: Audio

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Dr. Diana Hsieh of Philosophy in Action answered a question about the role of empathy in morality on 3 November 2013: What is the relationship between empathy and morality? Must a person possess a strong sense of empathy to be moral?

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Duke University Professor Explains "Self-Compassion"

Duke University Professor Mary Leary explains the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem.

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If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place

If We Could All Tap Into This Quality (Which We Can), The World Would Be A Better Place | Spiritual knowledge for education | Scoop.it

In the so-called age of narcissism, it's been said that empathy is declining -- and some research has shown that social media is causing us to become more self-obsessed than ever before. But whether or not selfishness is actually on the rise, it's safe to say that we need compassion more than ever.

 

Eastern spiritual practices have long touted the importance of compassion as a necessary ingredient for building happy lives and peaceful nations ("Without [compassion], humanity cannot survive," the Dalai Lama wrote in The Art of Happiness). Now, Western science is catching up to this ancient wisdom...

 

Here are six insights that will change the way you think about compassion -- and revolutionize your approach to giving and social connection...

 

  By Carolyn Gregoire


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David Hain's curator insight, November 5, 2013 1:30 AM

A plea for compassion to change the world...

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Using Books as an Empathy Resource

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You gave us empathy book recommendations. Now we're giving you the questions to ask children while reading them.

 

It is one thing to read a book. It is another thing to comprehend a book. It is quite another thing to understand its characters.

 

Researchers have found that people who read fiction develop empathy when they are emotionally transported into the story. This is a fantastic opportunity for parents, peers and educators to help children explore the complexity of characters’ actions and emotions. How we read books with children affects their perceptions of social interactions, feelings and events. So the more we help children explore the emotions and perspectives of story characters, the better we equip them with the real-world capacity to understand the actions and feelings of other people.


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How to Help Children Develop Empathy

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Empathy is an important skill for getting along with others and living a successful life. Here are some tips on teaching children how to develop empathy.

 

What Is Empathy?
 A 4-year-old girl playing on her preschool playground fell, skinned her knee and began crying. Another little girl rushed up to her, smiled and offered the injured girl her favorite doll. This scene is a good example of a child showing empathy. Some people, like this little girl, seem to be born empathetic. Others aren't. The good news is empathy is a skill which can be learned. The key is teaching this skill to children at a young age so they will develop into sensitive, caring adults.

 


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Six Good Reasons to Create a Compassionate Workplace

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I took part in a conference in London to explore the benefits of creating a culture of compassion at work.

My role was to introduce and interview the speakers - leading business professors, consultants, psychologists, scientists, teachers, healthcare professionals and others who have been studying compassion and how it can transform companies and organisations...

 

Here are six things I learned about why this matters:

1. Stress is bad for business...

2. Compassion boosts the bottom line...

3. Givers come out on top...

4. Compassion makes us happier and healthier...

5. Kindness is contagious...

6. Everyone wins...

Andy Fraser - Journalist focusing on empathy and compassion


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