Empathy is to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes”. It helps us understand and relate to others. We can use empathy in our daily lives as well! Do you want to know how?
Let’s see a conversation that two friends Roy and Jim are having after Jim failed his math test.
ROY- Jim I’m so sorry about your grade. I know how hard you studied and how disappointed you must feel.
JIM- I studied the whole night!!!!! I even missed my football practice
ROY- I’m sure you tried your best.
JIM- Yes, I did!! We have another test coming up next week… I’m very nervous about it
ROY- I know you feel like giving up right now, and I’m so glad you aren’t
JIM- Yes, thank you so much Roy.
Empathy helps us understand people around us better. How do you know what someone is feeling? By feeling what they feel! Difficult to believe? Next time when you see someone around you express their feeling, try and think how you are able to understand this. Share your views in comments below!
When you want to practice empathy, look at a person’s face and try to guess which emotion they’re feeling. For example, Have you ever had a fight with your friend? what did you fight about? Which emotion did you guess from your friend’s face? Now, try thinking about it from your friend’s perspective and see if you can feel that emotion!