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May 22, 2013

One Simple Shift that Will Change the World.

Of all the skills we have that can benefit the world around us, perhaps the greatest—and least cultivated—is empathy.

Our ability to empathize and connect with others rather than disconnecting is an everyday habit with global ramifications:

If we want to expand our world, grow our ability to effect change, we must tap into our capacity for empathy.

“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”

~ Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence.

 

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