E is for Empathy

Anyone can give sympathy, but it takes a truly connected person to dive into empathy. They are two very different things.

Sympathy is saying “Aw… I’m so sorry.” Empathy is taking in the emotion of another person and relating in a deeper realm.

I believe empathy can mean the difference between success and failure in relationships, work, and life overall. Empathy is easy for some people; It goes completely over the heads of others. For the second group, I pray an increased awareness that can deepen every relationship.

Never have I experienced as great an explanation of empathy as Brene Brown gives. Here’s an animated version. If you’re a naturally empathetic person, use your gift! If you’re not empathetic or know someone who is absolutely not empathetic, please share this.

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