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The 3 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want for Christmas

Natasha Tracy | Posted 12.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Natasha Tracy

This holiday season, try to remember not only to give others something wrapped up beautifully under a Christmas tree, but also to give others who are not as fortunate as you are, with a healthy brain, a bit of your compassion.

Cop Story (Too)

Andrew Cotto | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Andrew Cotto

Police brutality is real and wrong. But what we as the American public should consider are the profound pressures applied to law enforcement officers in high-crime areas and how said pressures often inform the distance between the officers and the communities they are obliged to protect.

In Tragedy, Empathy Still Dependent On Proximity

Pacific Standard | Max Ufberg | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

Today’s Pakistani Taliban attack on a Peshawar school has resulted in the deaths of at least 145, many of them children. In Sydney, meanwhile, Monda...

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

The Identity and Empathy Gap

Arthur Camins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Arthur Camins

As a nation, the United States is infected with racial and socio-economic myopia. Sadly, the malignant biases that support the empowered also undermine the ability of the disempowered to identify and empathize with one another.

The Place of the 'Able' in Disability Activism

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Sarah Blahovec

While the voice of the "able" is very welcome in a discussion of disability, those who actually deal with disability and discrimination should not be afraid to speak up and voice their opinions and concerns.

Six Ways to Flex Your Empathy Muscle

Cindy Brandt | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Empathy will be our weapon against the darkness of hate, the strife of hostility, of diminishing hope. With it, we will reach for nothing less than full restoration of humanity for every tribe across the nations.

Has Being a Mother Made Me a Better Waitress?

Michelle Villemaire | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Michelle Villemaire

Now that I'm a mom, I'm much more attuned to the specific needs of individuals. At least I think I am.

5 Ways to Weave Gratitude Into Your Family's Life

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Our family has a "Mo' Grat" ritual every evening when we sit down for dinner. In this case, it means "Moment of Gratitude" during which we hold hands around the table, take a deep breath, close our eyes, and for a few seconds reflect on who and what we are grateful for.

The Power of Empathy

Mark Baer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Baer

In actuality, empathy predominantly involves learning about someone else's worldview. Furthermore, that learning process is shaped to a very great degree by one's personal relationships.

You Don't Need Empathy to Support a Depressed Person

Karen Zainal | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Karen Zainal

One thing I've come to realize over a few cycles of depression is this: depressed people don't need you to empathize; they just need you. A depressed person would rather have you say all the worst possible things, rather than not have you at all.

Bob Dylan Got It Right

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

Whether dealing with our families, our employees or with our customers, the story is the same - our character defines us - it defines us in our personal lives and in our lives at work. It is who we are.

A Simple Question That Will Change Your Search for Love

Ken Page | Posted 12.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Ken Page

Often, our very future in finding love is determined by our small choices at these countless crossroads.

Our Brains Are Hardwired For Compassion

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living

Our culture is often portrayed as greedy. We supposedly want money, power and fame, but at the same time, it's in our nature to care deeply for others...

A Mother's Tears: Open Letter to Mothers of Color

Mardra Sikora | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents
Mardra Sikora

When someone we love is robbed from us, it feels like the world should stop. Actually, it does. For a moment. And we look around us, jealous that others are still living, working and being alive.

The NYPD Needs Training in Compassion

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

In the wake of the death of Eric Garner, and the lack of indictment of the officer who killed him, I am heart-broken. I did not know Eric, nor did I k...

Your Brain Is Built For Kindness

New York Magazine | Melissa Dahl | Posted 12.04.2014 | World

Let's take a few minutes this dreary winter Wednesday to remind ourselves that people aren't always the worst. In a neat little animated video publish...

Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson

Spectra | Posted 12.02.2014 | Black Voices

I'm seeing too many white people bragging about de-friending other white people. I don't need rash actions that absolve you of the responsibility of facilitating hard conversations with folks I will never be able to reach. I need you to step up in a major way.

Happy People Aren't Always Great At Empathy

Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living

By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl Perpetually happy individuals are wonderful to have around, until you experience something worth complainin...

Why I Weep

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Micaela Connery

I'm generally optimistic, fiercely patriotic, and idealistically hopeful. But today, today there is a heaviness. There's a feeling that our country is at a worrisome crossroads.

A Letter To The Woman In The Parking Lot Of The Posh Gym

Tosha Schore, M.A. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Tosha Schore, M.A.

Sure, there is no shortage of people out there ready to critique our every move. But there are also many many bystanders who really do empathize when things get hard for us parents.

As We Are

Francesca Milliken | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Francesca Milliken

Carrie spoke through narrow lips that looked like they were sewn on too tightly. She had the gravelly voice of a lifetime smoker, but her trembly tone...

5 Ways to Foster Gratitude in Children

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Thanksgiving is a meaningful time for many families across the country. It's a time to reflect on, and to give thanks for, life's bountiful gifts. Along with empathy, understanding the importance of expressing gratitude is something that you can actually teach your child, and Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to start.

Be an Empathetic, Caring (But Not Meddlesome) Leader

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 11.21.2014 | Business
Naphtali Hoff

Leaders have to walk a fine line in the workplace. On the one hand, people want them to be interested and involved. On the other hand, they can easily wear out their welcome by becoming meddlesome and "stealing" the process from those who were tasked to complete it.

The Dos and Don'ts of Digital Kindness

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

Most parents teach their children to be kind and caring -- but only IRL (in real life). So how do we teach Digital Kindness? My list of Dos and Don'ts gives families a checklist all technology users should memorize -- grown-ups included.