6 Ways to Improve Your Empathy

". . . the benefits of strong empathic skills are legion: first, you’ll understand the motivations and needs of people around you. People’s actions, no matter how wacky, will start to make sense (“Well, duh, if that happened to me I’d probably act like that, too.”), which will in turn make you less judgy and defensive – and that will make you less stressed out," writes Ellen Hendriksen (photo, left).  

"Next, you’ll also be able to see how your words and actions affect others based on their (sometimes very subtle) reactions. You’ll be able to inspire and motivate others by tapping into what they truly value and want (which is way healthier than threats or manipulation)."