Empathy - What It Is, Why It Matters, and How You Can Improve

You’ve been told that empathy is important, but that raises questions. Why does it matter? And how can you grow in it?

Empathy is a word that is used often by many people. It’s commonly known that empathy is a good thing to have, but it isn’t always a priority in people’s lives.

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Can You Relate? It Just Might Save the World.

Adult and Baby Hands Intertwined

I got up early to get a head start on work to find my parents sleeping late in my guest room (which doubles as my home office). So frustrating. I can’t get anything done around here.

Can you relate?

As I write, I’m listening to my father talk to my husband about the possibility of prep school for my son. Who is two. Eye roll.

Can you relate?

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Andrea Atkinson is a sustainability professional (www.scopagroup.com) with a background in international relations, organizational management and sustainable community development. Andrea’s innovative community engagement and project management work for projects such as NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, Down2Earth Boston and Elevate Destinations Haiti Volunteer Trips and philanthropic education programs has resulted in high-impact and high-profile outcomes for environmental and social change. twitter.com/andreadatkinson

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A woman hugging and comforting a crying friend
01/03/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
You’ve been told that empathy is important, but that raises questions. Why does it matter? And how can you grow in it? Empathy is a word that is used often by many people. It’s commonly known... read more
Adult and Baby Hands Intertwined
10/14/2014
I got up early to get a head start on work to find my parents sleeping late in my guest room (which doubles as my home office). So frustrating. I can’t get anything done around here. Can you... read more
A woman hugging and comforting a crying friend
01/03/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
You’ve been told that empathy is important, but that raises questions. Why does it matter? And how can you grow in it? Empathy is a word that is used often by many people. It’s commonly known... read more
Adult and Baby Hands Intertwined
10/14/2014
I got up early to get a head start on work to find my parents sleeping late in my guest room (which doubles as my home office). So frustrating. I can’t get anything done around here. Can you... read more