The Power of Empathy
Relationship skills like empathy can help us have positive interactions, foster a sense of belonging to one another, inclusion in a group and positive emotions about ourselves and others. Empathy is putting yourself in other’s shoes and sympathy is feeling sorry for them. When we develop these skills together, this can lead to a safe, caring and inclusive culture for all. Today, let’s think about the power of empathy to strengthen our relationships.
As a class, group or family watch the following video about the teacher, Mr. Wright and the power of empathy and life.
Wright's Law: A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons | The New York Times (11:57)
Ask yourself, there is no wrong answer:
What have you learned from Mr. Wright today?
Connecting to Our Faith
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. – Colossians 3:12-14
Teacher article: Educational Leadership: What Empathy Can Do by Ernest Mendes
YouTube: Brené Brown on Empathy (2:54)
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