Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.
Alfred Adler, Austrian medical doctor and psychotherapist
If you are already providing humane education programs, you are probably already cultivating empathy within the youth you teach. However, with these evidence-based strategies, you can more explicitly work to address empathy as a key component of your programs. The more we practice empathy, the more likely we are to act in compassionate ways toward others.
1 Empathy Defined: What is Empathy?, https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/empathy/definition. Greater Good Magazine. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. 2019.
2 Empathy Defined: How Do I Cultivate It?, https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/empathy/definition#how-cultivate-empathy. Greater Good Magazine. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. 2019.
Youth read a story about an animal’s life and discuss the situation from that animal’s point of view. Then they write a letter from their animal’s perspective, describing a day in the animal’s life and how the animal feels.
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