What Do We Mean By Empathy?
Empathy is defined as the capacity for and action of understanding others' feelings, thoughts, and experiences. What is more, it promotes connection and expands our ability to care. Research also shows us that listening to a person’s story, joining in shared experiences, and engaging in community, can deepen our empathy. It is in these moments, we are reminded of our common humanity. Empathy is not a fixed trait, rather one that can grow by nurturing and strengthening. When we flex that empathy muscle, we reinforce our capacity to respect and understand across lines of difference.