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Teaching Empathy

The Art Of The Apology

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nathan Timmel

I guess it's the idea that apology is about absolution, and amends. You apologize because it relieves an ache in your soul, or because it is the honorable action.

An Idea Called Empathy

Nathan Timmel | Posted 06.29.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Nathan Timmel

When I heard about Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator at Disney, I almost threw up. My son is 23-months old, roughly the same age as Lan...

How To Raise Your Child To Be A Teacher

Deborah Drezon Carroll | Posted 05.19.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Drezon Carroll

'Who's going to toughen him up?' I was asked that question about my 3-year-old grandson who is a lovely, respectful, sensitive boy. Like his mother, he has an extraordinary ability to read people. Sometimes that's a blessing, other times a curse, but I wouldn't change him even if I could.

My Favorite Question My Husband Ask Me

Kate McCombs | Posted 03.23.2016 | Weddings
Kate McCombs

My absolute favorite question my husband asks me on a regular basis is, "Are you wanting empathy or a strategy right now?"

Time to Embrace Moms and Dads of Challenging Kids

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 03.17.2016 | Parents
Amy Aves Challenger

These kids in the margins with all the complicated labels -- they're growing in numbers. Every day. These parents need each of us, whether we have a challenging kid or not, to lift one another upward, with hearts woven together.

First Resolution of 2016: Let's Build More Empathy

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

This post was originally published on the blog In late 2015, I was shocked to learn that empathy was actually decreasing. This is...

4 Things To Think About Before Offering Advice To Someone In Pain

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 10.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Lauren Marie Fleming

Before you offer advice to someone in pain, think about these four things:

Does Empathy Matter in the Classroom?

Amber Kane | Posted 10.02.2016 | Education
Amber Kane

Sitting in a classroom of high school students, overhearing their conversations that are filled with gossip and unkind words, "I can't take it anymore... that's enough." That only stops the unkindness for a moment, it needs to change, and the words need to be understood.

The Power of Shutting Up

Caroline Roy | Posted 09.25.2016 | Parents
Caroline Roy

Being prone to reasoning rather than listening when I see my kids struggle, this is a big lesson for me. Sometimes, shutting up makes all the difference. This way, we can find out whether we are dealing with a typical teenage situation or whether we need to dig deeper. We create that sacred safe space.

Future Lawyers Should Be Screened and Trained for Empathy

Mark Baer | Posted 08.26.2016 | Divorce
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Mark Baer

Law schools must begin recognizing the damage that is being caused to interpersonal relationships and our overall society, due to the low EQ levels of those involved in the field of law and make a concerted effort to address this extremely serious problem.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2016 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

Empathy Circles for Everyone

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 08.12.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

It's no secret that I spend a lot of time thinking about, practicing, and spreading empathy. Jeremy Rifkin's The Empathic Civilization anchored my pra...

How to Raise Non-Judgmental Children: 5 Ways to Build Empathy and Compassion

Anna Partridge | Posted 07.06.2016 | Parents
Anna Partridge

Hands up who has been judged for saying the 'wrong' thing, wearing the 'wrong' clothes, driving the 'wrong' car, being the 'wrong' weight, living in the 'wrong' house, eating the 'wrong' food, living the 'wrong' life?

The Result of Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School: EmpathicEducation for a CompassionateNation

Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D | Posted 06.30.2016 | Education
Lee-Anne Gray Psy.D

This post is Part 2 of a 2 Part Series on Design Thinking Students Designing Their Own School. As a clinical psychologist and forensic expert in sp...

Why I Created a Global Online Mindfulness Meditation Campaign

Dr. Elise Bialylew | Posted 06.29.2015 | Good News
Dr. Elise Bialylew

Someone asked me recently why I left my job in Psychiatry to run the global online meditation campaign I founded four years ago Mindful in May that st...

To Resolve or Manage Conflict, You Must Address the Actual Cause of the Problem

Mark Baer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I recently had the most fascinating consultation with a gentleman who was interested in the possibility of my representing him as his lawyer.

3 Tips for Practicing Empathy With Your Kids | Posted 05.09.2015 | Parents

There's nothing easy about raising kids. We're all struggling and looking for new ways to build better relationships with them, help them find their way in the world, or simply deal with the tensions and tears of daily life.

Don't Dismiss Teens Who Volunteer Just To Boost Their College Applications

New York Times | Nicholas Kristof | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact

In my last column, I wrote about a high school buddy, Kevin Green, a warm and helpful man who floundered in a tough job market, hurt his back and died...

Projecting Your Insecurities Onto Your Kids

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 03.22.2015 | Parents
Samantha Rodman PhD

Look for the best in everyone in every situation, and let your kids hear you do it. It will not take long before this becomes your default way to view the world, and then you will start seeing less hurt and rejection around every corner for your kids.

The Beauty Within: Helping the Poor Often Means Looking Past an Ugly Exterior

Jan DeBlieu | Posted 10.12.2014 | Impact
Jan DeBlieu

I've seen the blight and hopelessness. But I've also met people there who are working with the poor -- and in the process creating miracles. This makes me wonder what qualities they have that the rest of us lack.

A Simple Experiment in Empathy

Peter Himmelman | Posted 07.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

After the phone call I feel like a tiny tear in the fabric of my own humanity has been restored. All through this simple experiment in empathy.

What If Toys Are the New Textbooks?

Matt Murrie | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Matt Murrie

Aside from potentially making learning fun (heaven forbid), it turns out toys can teach us a lot that we should be learning, but our antiquated systems of education are failing miserably to provide.

We Are All the Same: Teaching Empathy Through the Arts

Lysa Heslov | Posted 02.01.2014 | Arts
Lysa Heslov

The CMH Global Arts after school programs utilize arts education to enhance our students' understanding of the world by pairing an art modality with an international country of focus.

Literature for a Better World

Emily Atkinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Emily Atkinson

Empathy -- our ability to feel for others -- is what allows us to care for each other, to form communities and friendships, to imagine each other's feelings, to commiserate over each other's pain and share in each other's joy.

Help! My Mom Bullied Me Back!

Katie Hurley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Kindness and empathy are known antidotes to bullying, but they need to be taught and modeled on a daily basis. Manipulating a negative situation to make certain that your own child experiences the same level of humiliation is bullying. End of story.