Learn What Is Empathy? Can It Help My Problems?
What Is Empathy?
Empathy - "caring for other people and having a desire to help them; experiencing emotions that match another person's emotions; discerning what another person is thinking or feeling; and making less distinct the differences between the self and the other".
Can Empathy Help My Problems?
The quick amswer is "Yes". At least it can help emotionally. Just watch the video above and see if your problems seem less severe. If this video stirred up emotion in you then you have empathy. Aristotle said: "To perceive is to suffer.".
"Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you can not turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.".
-- Andrew Boyd.
Empathy is also rewarding - that is if you follow through with it. Acting on empathy can be difficult but rewarding.
"Too typically we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.".
-- Leo Buscaglia.
Most of us go through life every day concerned with our own problems. I say that is selfish. Sometimes, helping others can help solve our own problems.
Life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you. How you perceive and handle it defines who you are.
Just watch the video above and see if your problems seem less severe. If this video stirred up emotion in you then you have empathy. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. Sometimes, helping others can help solve our own problems.