Kindness and Compassion is the Key to Empathy

Last Update: July 16, 2015

Here at WA we often read a post or pick up on vibes within comments that members are struggling with difficult times and challenges.

I was talking to a friend of mine who I admire as she lives her life by showing empathy to others, and goes out of her way to always be a strong pillar of support. This time though she felt drained and emptied by a recent experience.

So now is my time to build her up and return the kindness and compassion she has shown to many.

How can we Cultivate Empathy

Showing kindness and compassion is an admirable quality, a quality we can all develop. We can do this by observation, listening and even using our imagination to put ourselves in the other person shoes.

Observation.

Often people will tell us how they feel, or the struggle they may be going through. Being observant, we can see signs such as a person being uncommunicative or a lack of enthusiasm and being in a general state of depression.

Listening.

A good listener always picks up on the little nuances that are out if the ordinary and we can learn what problems people face. Being a good listener gives an easy opening for a person to open up to us and disclose their feelings. Listening, first builds confidence, and once the other person has confidence, this turns to trust and when we have that trust we can ask searching subtle questions. Questions will then lead to a solution.

Imagination.

Our imagination is a powerful tool we all know if we imagine something enough we will find a way to make it real.

We can use our imagination to put ourselves in their shoes and ask ourselves; if I were in this situation, how would I feel? How would I react?

Often it is easier to judge, than show kindness and compassion, real empathy. Next time, consider them by observing, listening and using our imagination to show real empathy.

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suetay Premium
Thank you, Daz.
Your post was very touching.
Your words and action demonstrates your kindness and compassion towards others too.
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dazwilk Premium
Thanks suetay I think there are many more out there with greater compassion and empathy than me, I just do my best to try and emulate their example.
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Lazyblogger Premium
Well said Daz. It often said, whatever you want in life, you first have to give it.
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dazwilk Premium
Yes, like the old saying there is more happiness in giving than receiving.
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Lazyblogger Premium
Thank you, Very inspirational individual. I will be watching You.
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dazwilk Premium
Thanks dbishop, there are others out there you can inspire us greatly, thanks for your support.
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Timard Premium
Very nice post Daz, we all need to give a hand now and then that for sure.
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dazwilk Premium
You are right Timard we should always have a hand ready to help
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freyaboo39 Premium
What a wonderful post, thank you! Very inspiring :)
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dazwilk Premium
Thanks Susan, I am glad you got some inspiration from it.
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wendyk Premium
Great post! I think it is important to realize that you never really know what someone is going through in their life.
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dazwilk Premium
Thank's Wendy, I think everyone has some form of burden they carry, some are better than others in not letting it show.
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