Along with mindfulness, empathy is another word that’s currently marks different areas of culture.
Backed up by new findings in the fields of neurobiology, sociology and psychology, many authors and scholars now defend that our species thrives more by being homo empathicus than homo economicus.
It’s now clear that we’ve moved on from the 20thcentury age of self-reflection and self-involvement. We’re at the beginning of what cultural historian Roman Krznaric calls the age of outrospection, which will be marked by the rise of collaborative and empathic living.
Being the object of empathy can bring positivity into your life, but practicing it is bound to empower you to collaborate more, get a better feel of your community and do more good. With that in mind, we’ve made a summary of what Krznaric calls the six habits of highly empathic people, and we hope you’ll be as inspired by it as we are.
1 – Be curious about those who surround you – take time to get to know your community and what matters most to them.
2 – Cut with prejudices by discovering the points you have in common with others.
3 – For perspective, try putting yourself on someone else’s shoes.
4 – Cultivate the joy of conversation and active listening.
5 – Share the positive with your friends to inspire good changes in your community.
6 – Don’t be afraid to get creative
It may seem like too much if you take it all in one go, but if you take one step at a time you might start to notice meaningful changes take place.