Empathy

A Key Inner Strength That Improves The Connection Between You And The World

We have expressions like "see the world through rose-colored glasses" because how we see the world influence all our responses. For example, when children assume their classmates dislike them, they alienate peers in anticipation of the emotional hurt, thus beginning a downward spiral. Empathy helps connect us to others, gain perspective and facilitate friendship, but did you know that it also makes one happier?

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Research shows that strong empathy in children equates to less bullying, aggressive behavior, and emotional disorders, and to better relationships, communication skills, classroom engagement, and success in school. Another study finds that teenagers’ ability to experience and express empathy changes and can continue to develop during this important yet often turbulent life stage.

Parents can prepare their children for the pressures of adolescence by strengthening their empathy skills. curaJOY’s emotional intelligence and life skills products develop children and teens’ empathy skills in realistic and fun formats that are scientifically proven and provide ample opportunities for children to rehearse and apply their newfound skills on their virtual quests.

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The benefits of empathy extend throughout children’s lives into adulthood. Empathy contributes to strong and satisfying personal relationships, including marriages. It can create more success at work, as careers involve relating to and understanding other people such as bosses, colleagues, customers, and clients. Beyond relating, it helps with conflict resolution, figuring out a customer’s experience, and other useful skills in the workplace. Empathetic people even tend to do better in leadership positions.

Empathy is a trait that involves putting yourself in another person’s shoes and feeling or imagining what it’s like for them to have the experience they’re having. You can understand how a person feels or experience the feeling with them through perspective-taking, tone of voice, and nonverbal communication cues. While this may seem like an inherent human trait, some people have it more than others. By helping your children develop empathy skills, you prime them for responsible actions, healthy relationships, emotional wellbeing, and solid self-image now and in the long run.

The most successful people in business work in a team to design solutions starting by identifying who the end-users are and how those people feel when they have the problem the design should solve. Empathy is not only a crucial strength in a business career, but teaching, medical, law, and the list go on.

Weaknesses in empathy can lead to a variety of problems, such as:
Difficulty considering other sides of a situation
Trouble adapting and being flexible to the situation’s needs
Reduced happiness and mental health
Less success in professional and leadership positions

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Sources:

https://mcc.gse.harvard.edu/resources-for-educators/how-build-empathy-strengthen-school-community
https://www.wsj.com/articles/teens-are-still-developing-empathy-skills-1381876015
https://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2017/04/21/ceo-fiascos-typically-start-with-a-lack-of-empathy/#667bca5e590b
https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/empathy-and-learning/
https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/ages-stages-empathy/

https://www.goodstart.org.au/news-and-advice/february-2018/why-teaching-children-empathy-is-important#:~:text=Helping%20young%20children%20to%20develop,It%20promotes%20good%20mental%20health

People Need People

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NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

Understand which feelings and facial expressions may be associated with different scenarios

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READING PEOPLE

Gather information to identify others’ feelings, and choose the best way to help them feel better

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IDENTIFY GOOD-FOR-YOU FRIENDS

Recognize when someone is isolated in a fun environment and choose to include them,

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PERSPECTIVE-TAKING

Ability to consider all sides' points of views reduce misunderstanding and conflicts

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BULLYING PREVENTION

Resist peer pressure to make fun of others and stand up against bullying

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ACCEPTANCE

Facilitate meaningful social interaction and help children feel connected and understood

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