The Importance of Teaching Your Children Empathy

Empathy is being able to put yourself in another person’s place, understanding how they must feel when things are not going well, and even how they feel when things are going great.

Another form of empathy is realizing that people may be doing the best they can with the resources available to them, but not always achieving as much as they would like to, or as much as you think they should be achieving from your vantage point on the outside looking in.

Offering understanding and compassion, instead of scorning someone because his or her education, clothing, or the neighborhood they live in may not seem as good as your own, is showing empathy.

There are at least a million reasons why we should, and must have empathy for the people around us. We do not always know all of the challenges they are facing, and in their place, we might well not be coping as well as they are.

Having empathy for people who may not be as well off as ourselves mentally, physically, socially, and/or financially, is a human trademark. Most creatures in the wild do not take care of babies born with any kind of disability. Often they have no sympathy for adults of their kind who become ill or injured either. Humans usually take care of each other to varying degrees, which is one thing that sets humans apart from other animals.

Being able to put yourself in the place of someone who has lost a child, or other loved one, someone who has lost a job, or whose marriage or other important relationship has failed, is a great ability to have. Someone who is going through difficult times does not need any of us to pile on and criticize them or judge them, making matters worse for them than they already are. What they need is understanding and encouragement.

Being able to empathize with someone instead of kicking him or her when they are already down is a good quality to have. It is truly a gift to be able to imagine in your own mind how other people feel, when they are elated over some accomplishment, or when they are emotionally in the basement because of a bad turn of events.

Ask yourself, how would I feel if I were in their situation? It is a matter of the Golden Rule. Criticize, judge, and treat people the way you would like to be criticized, judged, and treated yourself.

Would you want to be made fun of or bullied because the best clothes you can afford are worn and tattered, and maybe not so stylish? Children especially, wear the clothes provided for them, and young children have no control over the clothes they must wear.

Would you enjoy having people laugh at you if you had trouble speaking clearly for some reason, or perhaps mistakenly said the wrong thing? How about if you had trouble getting around? Would you want people to laugh at your efforts to walk? How would you feel if people made you the butt of their jokes because you are overweight? More people are overweight because of medical conditions than you may realize.

Having Compassion for Other People Is So Imporant

Empathy Begins At Home

By showing your children empathy, you are modeling empathy and therefore teaching your children empathy by example.

Most people are not born empathetic and must learn and develop that capacity and behavior. It is often as simple as putting yourself in the place of someone experiencing misfortune.

Of course it may not be that simple if one has never experienced injury, natural disaster, loss, poverty, or received empathy from other people when they did.

Likewise, if a person has never made a mistake, never said unkind words, or never even had so much as an ugly thought, empathizing with less perfect people may be difficult indeed.

People Who Receive Empathy As Children Are More Likely To Understand and Model Empathy

On the other hand, some people believe that most people come into our world understanding empathy, but because they do not receive empathy as children, their ability to have empathy for other people is neutralized or pushed so far to the back of their minds that it no longer functions. For these people it is necessary to reawaken the ability to empathize and show compassion.

Children who have empathy for other people do not bully other children. Adults who have empathy for other people behave differently than adults who do not. Empathetic adults are more likely to have concern for the feelings of other people and for the conditions and circumstances of other people, regardless of the reason someone is in unfortunate circumstances.

Learning Empathy Can Be A Challenge, Especially When One Is No Longer A Young Child

Learning to be less critical and judgmental and learning kindness and consideration for other people can be a real challenge for some people. Some people are fortunate to breeze through life with few obstacles and so they imagine it is just as easy for everyone else ambitious and/or intelligent enough to do the same. They believe that any person who tries hard enough or works hard enough can, and will succeed.

Unfortunately, that is often not the case. There are always elements in our society that are not so malleable, not so easily manipulated, and not so easily changed or controlled.

A person can do everything right by society’s standards and still fall on hard times and plain bad luck. There are no guarantees in life.

The world is full of people who work hard and who try every avenue they know of to improve their situation, but still never succeed in raising themselves out of poverty. Poverty would seem to be the most prevalent affliction all over the world, and of course poverty creates more problems.

Some people experience misfortune and instead of realizing other people have, and are going through similar experiences of their own, they harden their hearts towards other people who are struggling with a handicapped child, injuries from an accident, horrendous debts from a disaster, or job loss.

To Teach Empathy One Must First Understand Empathy and Possess That Capacity

It is important to demonstrate empathy to our children before we can teach them empathy. Having empathy for your children as they struggle with learning new skills, confront a disappointing turn of events, or experience embarrassment because of some social faux paw, will help them understand that everyone needs empathy and compassion sometimes. Modeling empathy for your children as their parent, and their first and most important teacher, is more influential in instilling that virtue than anything else will ever be.

Developing Empathy Is Important To Success In Life

Children Need To Learn That Every Person Has Feelings Just Like They Do

Children are usually very aware of their own feelings from the moment they are born, but realizing that other people have feelings much like their own takes time. Learning compassion for others and realizing that other people sometimes need comfort just like themselves, takes time and experience.

When parents and teachers show compassion for other people, and even for animals, children are far more inclined to model that same behavior.

Misfortune, or just an embarrassing situation can happen to anyone, and if a person lives long enough, it usually does in one form or another. Everyone needs understanding, forgiveness, tolerance, and a helping hand from time to time. Everyone makes bad decisions at one time or another, and sometimes those bad decisions bring misfortune. Children need to learn this lesson so that they do not form the wrong belief that only people inferior to themselves experience misfortune.

Children need to realize that one day they may themselves need understanding, forgiveness, or a helping hand, and so it makes sense to offer one to other people when they can. What goes around comes around, so I have heard.

Even children can make a difference in someone else’s life, or in many lives. Just one person can sometimes change the world. Everyone gets countless opportunities to show compassion and understanding throughout their lives.

Volunteering

Including children in volunteer efforts whenever possible will help them realize that everyone is not so fortunate as they are themselves, and that as humans they have a responsibility to make the world a better place.

My own daughter began volunteering on her own when she was eleven years old. It was her idea to do it and her choice of what she wanted to do. She volunteered at the local library helping to shelve returned books, make bulletin boards, and do whatever she could to lighten the load for librarians.

After working at the library for a couple of years, my daughter decided she wanted more challenge. She applied to work at our local Friends Of the Family office. As you probably know, Friends Of the Family provides services for displaced and battered women and children.

At fourteen, my daughter, through her own efforts, applied to work as a volunteer at a local farm called Riding Unlimited. This organization provides therapy for mentally, physically, and emotionally handicapped people of all ages through learning to ride a horse, or drive a horse drawn carriage. Animals can help immeasurably with emotional and physical therapy.

These last 2 volunteer jobs gave my daughter great opportunities to see that everyone does not have an easy life and that many people struggle everyday with a variety of problems. Young people and children can make a difference.

Being capable of empathy and compassion for other people is a valuable quality for all people to have. Help your child(ren) develop this virtue. It will serve him or her well all of their lives.

There is so much good information in this video -- it is worth the time to watch and take notes.

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas Author

Paul Kuehn, thank you for returning and voting on this hub again, and for the HP and FB shares!


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Paul Kuehn 21 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait, I am revisiting this hub again because it is so well-written and certainly appropriate for the world today. If more people had empathy, there would certainly be more understanding and fewer problems in society. There also would certainly be fewer cases of divorce. Voted up again as awesome, useful, and interesting. I'm sharing this with HP followers and on Facebook.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for shedding some light on this issue and bringing it to people's attention. It's so important and in today's world a little empathy would be a wonderful improvement and change.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

This is such an important part of child-rearing. I thought I would pass it on, again.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Aunt Jimi, thank you for stopping by and sharing this article!


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Aunt Jimi 2 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

This is an amazing article that everyone should read. Sharing with my followers.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for coming by Shyron. Justice does seem to be different for the wealthy these days than for the rest of us. Thank you for the votes and share too!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Deborah-Diane, and for sharing one of the ways your family helps the less fortunate. Homeless people are so often demonized and dehumanized nowadays that it's good to hear about how some people are trying to help the situation.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Just saw where a 16 year old killed 4 people driving drunk, he got 10 years probation, because he is rich and his father is paying 4oo thousand to a home where he will stay for a while????

Talk about no empathy, he was given anything he wanted including the booze that got him drunk.

Voting this up UAI and shared.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

This is a good reminder to parents that there are steps they can take to teach their children empathy. One of my daughters had her kids put together baggies containing granola bars, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and some personal care items. They keep them in their car and give them out to homeless people.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for tweeting and sharing this article! I do hope we will see some major good changes to the homeless and jobless situation soon.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to give this excellent hub a tweet and another share. Hopefully people will think of others during this end of the year busy holiday season.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for the votes, the praise, and for the share! I think sometimes the ability for empathy is genetic . . . but even when one has that ability it must be developed. Hope you're having a great day!


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait the is so important in today's world to learn empathy as soon as possible.

I wanted to share this again with any readers that may have missed this wondful hub.

Also voted up, UAI.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for commenting on and sharing this article. The economy is still bad for working class and poor people. That, along with the holidays being nearly upon us again, are good reasons to think about how we can all help the less fortunate get back on their feet.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

With the holidays approaching, many families will be able to find a variety of opportunities to begin to teach their children empathy ... although children also need to know that the problems they see in soup kitchens or when helping other charitable organizations are problems that exist the year around. I am sharing this again to remind parents that empathy is a skill that only they can teach their children.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Sam (samowhamo) for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. There will always be people who have preconceived ideas about things that they really don't know much about or understand.

No one can make you feel inferior unless you let them. Always keep in mind that people often act on assumptions, and assumptions are usually wrong. It's unfortunate that so many people don't realize that assumptions are usually wrong, because the conclusions people jump to as a result of assuming, hurts people, just as stereotyping hurts people.

We are not all the same and I'm sorry if people assume you lack empathy or the ability to feel empathy for others just because you have Asperger's. There are different levels of disability and I think people just assume that everyone who has a particular disability is exactly the same. That isn't rational or logical to believe such a thing, but most people don't think things through.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Very good article Au Fait. It kind of makes me think about people who say that people with Asperger's syndrome lack empathy and as a person with Asperger's syndrome that offends me because I don't think I lack empathy and it makes me feel inferior when people think I do just because of my disability. Some people even say that if autistic people could speak for themselves they wouldn't be disabled. Ok sure maybe some can't but some can I certainly can.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for sharing this article. I'm honored to tell you this hub is an Editor's Choice hub. We definitely need more compassion and empathy in our world right now. Very much appreciate your help in spreading that word . . .


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

It is so important that parents teach their children to have compassion and empathy. Thank you for writing this. I plan to share it again in the hopes that more parents will take note.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake for putting this article on Scoop-it! This is an Editor's Choice hub and I hope it will be helpful to lots of people. The reason I point out that it is an Editor's Choice hub (for now anyway) is that I read in the forums that some people wanted to view some Editor's Choice hubs to see what it takes to get that designation. So here is a hub that may help . . . thanks again moonlake for putting it in the spotlight!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Came back for another visit and thought I would share this on Scoop-it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rose-the-planner for reading, voting on, and sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Parents are a child's first teachers and children love to emulate their parents. If they have no empathy it is likely genetic.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

CraftytotheCore, thank you for reading this article and sharing your experience with your son. Like most things, the severity of autism varies from one person to another, so for your doctor (or whoever) to say that any person with autism has no ability to feel empathy is, I think, a little misleading.

It's true that an inability to feel empathy or compassion for other people is a symptom of autism, however, the extent to which an autistic person does or does not feel these emotions varies.

Some people with slight autism may still have a severe inability to feel empathy or compassion while a person with severe autism may feel some or more than the person with light autism. The variations are many. So your son may in fact have an ability to feel some empathy or compassion, especially if he has experienced a similar situation as someone else who needs that empathy.

All children learn more from the behavior their parents model than any other way. Parents are children's first and most influential role models for good, or not so good.

If a person sits smoking a cigarette in front of their child and at the same time tells that child about the risks of smoking, and therefore not to do it, what that parent will likely end up with is a grown child who sits and smokes while telling their child about the risks of smoking and why they shouldn't do it. :)

Behavior and actions speak louder than any words. I'm so glad you're setting a good example for your son and that he is responding well. The world would be greatly improved if all parents did the same.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Patricia (pstraubie48), for reading, voting on, especially for sharing your personal experience and thoughts, and for sharing this article. So many people need understanding nowadays because our economy is so bad through no fault of the little people.


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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

I couldn't agree with you more! It is so important for children to be taught empathy for others at home. Quite frankly, I have seen children that don't have a clue as to what empathy means. I blame the adults in their lives completely and it is so sad. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

My son has Autism. When he was first diagnosed last year, we were told he "has no empathy". But over time, working with him every day, he has started to really show true compassion for others. Yesterday there was an event for children with Autism. A child knocked over a large basket display and everything fell on to the floor. My son helped him pick up all of the stuff and put it back in the basket. That was a huge achievement for my son. I told him what a great role model he was and how proud we are of such a caring young man. I believe by being a good teacher to my son and displaying lots of empathy toward others, he will be able to "copy" me, even if he doesn't have the ability to empathize as suggested by the doctors.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Feeling empathy for others can move us to maybe reach out to those who are the object of criticism. It is so easy to judge when you are unaware of the circumstances of others. Been there, done that....we were homeless for a time ....what an eye opener that was.

You have covered this so well....we need to be more sensitive to others rather than being quick to make an observation about them that is completely erroneous.

Voted up and shared. Angels are on the way ps


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

cashmere, thank you for taking time to comment on this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

GwennyOh, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub! We all have to make ourselves stop and think about others once in a while because it's so easy to forget them when we are hip deep in -- work. ;)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake for reading, commenting, voting, and sharing this hub! I've no doubt that you have set a great example for your children, and grandchildren too.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for pinning this article! Empathy is also important so that we don't make things worse for other people by piling on. Everyone has a burden to bear, everyone carries a sadness in their heart. No one should ever think they are the only one going through a difficult time or that no one cares.


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cashmere 3 years ago from India

This is such an important skill. And ever so often it is neglected. Thank your for sharing how to make children more caring.


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GwennyOh 3 years ago from LaLa Land

I love this article. You certainly have a valid point. Empathy is a virtue that we all need to have any age. It seems that as people get busier and busier, it's good to remind them of some important issues they might need to work on at home with their families, such as this one.

Great job. Voted up.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Interesting hub. We tried to teach my kids empathy and I think they are good grown-ups. Voted up and shared.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to pin this good hub to my Health related subjects board on Pinterest. Being an empathetic individual certainly makes for a healthier human being!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Nicole S for reading and commenting on this article. Empathy is a good quality for everyone to have at all ages. :)


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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

Very nice hub. I do think we need to teach kids empathy and compassion, that's a wonderful quality to have as they age.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading, commenting and voting on this hub! Very much appreciate your sharing your personal experiences in helping your daughters learn to empathize with and help other people. Sounds like you've done a great job and I commend you and your daughters for the thoughtful and useful contributions you all have made and continue to make to the community.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Teaching empathy is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. They will feel better about their lives and more useful if they can also feel empathy. When our daughters were teenagers, we wanted to teach them to help others and they wanted to earn money. We agreed to pay them 1/2 the minimum age any time they volunteered at the charity of their choice. We also paid for their gas so they could get back and forth. This enabled them to have part-time summer jobs and do something worthwhile at the same time. One of our daughters volunteered with autistic children during her teens. Today, she is in her 30's and she is a special education teacher ... still helping others. Thanks for a wonderful article. Voted Up!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you sgbrown for reading, commenting, voting on and sharing this article! It would be great if everyone would try every day to do one good deed or kindness for someone with no expectation of reciprocation. The world would be nicer for everybody.


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

Empathy is such an important part of being a good person. This is a wonderful hub and I applaud you and your daughter for your good deeds. This is a very important hub for all to read. Voting up, useful and sharing! :)


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, Paul.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Aufait,

Your argument about empathy is well-stated. I agree with your way of thinking.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, commenting, voting on, and especially for sharing and pinning this hub! I don't have an FB or Pinterest acct., but have been thinking about getting them. There is just so much to do all the time, and never enough time for everything . . .

Back stabbing has been common in every work place I've ever been in.

I think you may be mistaking empathy for doing everything for a person and giving them everything. While I think it's important to help people in need in any way we can, including financial help, I think it's also important to help them get on their feet and find ways to help themselves.

At the same time, when we help another person in need, we receive a blessing from God. If the person we help abuses our help in some way, they will answer for their wastefulness, but we still get to keep our blessing. I don't really worry about people taking advantage. I try to avoid obvious scams, but I also try to be helpful and do the right thing for its own sake and its own reward. Not everyone will be responsible with what they receive, (any more than we are ourselves always responsible and efficient, etc.) but that's no reason to stop doing what we can to help others. Every time one person improves their situation we are all better off.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Au fait,

This is another awesome hub. Unfortunately, empathy and compassion are often not demonstrated in the business and government world. When I worked for the government, I saw so much back-stabbing and sabotaging of coworkers accomplishents just for the sake of getting ahead. It is interesting to note that empathy is at times shown in competitive sports when a team is beating another team by a large margin. The winning team will substitute its best players to avoid piling on. Yes, empathy and compassion must be shown to people when they need it; however, there is a danger of making people too helpless and unwilling to try with too much empathy. Voted up and sharing. Also Pinning.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your high praise Shyron! I would love to see more empathy in the world and less suspicion. Especially now when so many people are experiencing hard times, a bit of empathy would make the world a little nicer place. They say what goes around comes around . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I hope that all parents will read this.

Voted up, Awesome, Interesting and recommending.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for reading, commenting, voting, and sharing this hub! Agree totally that the world would be better if more people had 'empathy' in their vocabulary and practiced it regularly.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Au fait,

Just reading about your daughter's volunteer jobs I know that she is not only learning empathy, but that you are a wonderful parent encouraging the best from your children. It will put them in good stead for the years ahead of them. Empathy is certainly a quality that is much needed in every living soul. If everyone practiced it, the world would be a much better place. All the up votes except funny and happy to share.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Angela Brummer for you kind comments. I apologize that it has taken me so long to respond, but I just now read something in my feed from a forum discussion about the comments and how they can end up in Spam and elsewhere. So I went to my comments and checked in all the sections of the drop down menu, which I had somehow never noticed before, and there were several comments I have never seen before and some were several months old. Yours was among them and why, I have no idea.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you R2-D2-2, for reading and commenting. Agree, empathy seems to have gone by the way and it's needed more than ever tight now when some people seem to be doing just the opposite.


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R2-D2-2 4 years ago from USA

This is a great hub. More people should take this to heart. Times are hard for a lot of people right now and we need a lot more empathy for people and sometimes for ourselves when things are tough.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

crazyhorseghost: Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub, and for sharing it with the people you work with. Very much appreciate it. I've just been reading one of your hubs on getting more traffic. Glad you enjoyed this hub and found it helpful.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for reading, commenting, and for such high praise. I hope it will be food for thought in a world that seems to be getting meaner and ruder by the day.


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

Really great hub with wonderful information. I;m going to point this hub out to some people I work with in a group I run . Thanks for great information.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Awesome hub/article as usual. Your hubs are never a dissappointment, always inspire everone to strive for the best they can be, and teach children to be the best.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Angela for taking time to read and comment and for the follow and for your compliment. Some people do seem to be in a perpetually bad mood. Times are tough for a lot of people right now so I think we all need more empathy and understanding, but that can be hard for some people who are themselves having a difficult time. This is a time when we all need lots of patience with each other . . .


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting Margarita. It seems to me the world is getting meaner and ruder everyday, and empathy could go a long way in making things better for everyone. I don't think many people are experiencing a bed of roses in these difficult times.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is great advice and so important. Great point that this starts out by modeling. I see some really mean adults and wonder what they have modeled to their children. This was a very loving article. Bless you!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you whowas for reading and commenting on my hub! Very much appreciate your taking time to do that. I, too, am glad someone else shares my thoughts and values on this subject since the world seems to be getting meaner and ruder every day.


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

Very useful, interesting and beautiful article Au Fait! I totally agree, it is so important to teach our children empathy, sharing this hub.


whowas 4 years ago

Au Fait, that is beautiful. I normally leave long and involved comments but I have nothing to add to this except to say how true it all is and how happy I am to know someone else holds these same values so highly.

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