Humans are naturally social and have the desire to understand people they interact with every daily, and at the same time be understood in return. In today's world, the lack of empathy has become a problem because of different biases. Without empathy, communities will not function happily because they do not have a deeper understanding of each other.
Those who lack empathy are self-absorbed and cold, and they mostly live in isolation. A person who is empathetic gives a lot of care and warmth.
If you want to enhance your empathetic side, here are 7 ways you can:
# 1 Make Time to Help Others
If you feel inspired after helping someone, that is not an unusual occurrence. Research shows that volunteering to help makes you happier, which increases your satisfaction in life. By doing this, you can form new bonds and strengthen the current ones you have. A selfless act like this is good for your well-being and self-fulfilment.
#2 Show Care
If someone tells you their personal problem, it means the person needs emotional support. You must show care and concern by asking them how they feel and what you can do to make it better. If the person is a close friend, you can offer to call or meet them because it makes a huge difference to the person. If it is your partner, hug the person and always be there.
#3 Check the Biases You Have
Everyone has hidden biases, which gets in the way of your ability to empathize with others. Normally, these are concentrated on visible factors like race, age, and gender. By examining your own biases, you will know how to control them.
#4 Enhance Your Curiosity
A good way to do this is by asking “Why?” just like how you were when you were a kid. Even if some might find it invasive or interrogating, being inquisitive helps you to increase empathy. Those who are empathetic are also curious. The more a person is curious the more he or she can expand their network, gain acquaintances, and widen their understanding of perspectives.
#5 Be Kind to Others
Making everyone feel valuable and important helps you avoid stereotypes and even discrimination. You must focus on the good in others instead of their flaws. Keep in mind that no one is above others. When we can relate to others because we are kind to them, empathizing with them easier.
#6 Talk to Someone New
You can invite a neighbour or colleague to have coffee or lunch and avoid small talk. Ask them how they are and really get to know the person. This way, you can get them to open up and create a genuine connection.
#7 Show Your Interest
Showing you are interested in others helps you practice empathy greatly. Most of the time, being interested in others leads to being compassionate towards them because you are not focused on yourself. This is why being genuinely interested in others boosts your empathy.
Empathy is a very empowering quality, and you can use it to motivate and inspire others.
About the author:
I am an optimistic person who sees the calm after the storm. When I sense negativity, I turn away from it and live life as it is. I have goals and dreams and I work for them every day.
I love reading, practising yoga, meditating, listening to music, writing, discovering new things, cats, and connecting with others. You will normally see me very calm and logical, and it takes a lot to make me angry. I always see the good side of things, which is important if you want to stay sane in this crazy world.
I write blogs not only for the sake of coming up with a piece because I know that words are powerful enough to inspire others.
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