What has been happening in Afghanistan is truly horrible. Watching the news bulletins of the chaos, the fear and an increasingly desperate situation, it’s hard not to be touched by the human suffering.
Are you an empath?
Are you a person highly sensitive to the emotions of others that, courtesy of your mirror neurons enables you to feel what they feel as a shared experience?
Or do you see it as just another example of woo-woo, irrelevant touchy-feely stuff and found only in “Petals.”
Empathy matters because it is essential to your mental wellbeing, and studies have shown how empathetic leaders are seen as more trustworthy, and fair.
The problem is, our ability to show empathy is becoming endangered courtesy of a hostile environment and even some of the medications we use.
But like other aspects of wellbeing, empathy can be learned and strengthened.
What do you do to stay empathetic to the needs of those around you?