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How to Practice Empathy: The Futur's Finds

How to be a good person.

In this list, we are focusing on all things empathy because it's never a bad idea to show each other (and ourselves) some love and compassion. Empathy can be practiced in just about every situation: with clients, colleagues, friends, and yes, even your dog.

Oh yeah, and if you missed last week's list, click here to catch up on all the motivation tips we shared.

Let's start practicing empathy and being kind to one another:

Books of the week

  • Well-Designed by Jon Kolko - How do companies like Nest make products so easy to use out of the box? In Well-Designed, author Jon Kolko takes us from the concept of design thinking to design doing, and shows us how empathy is the key ingredient to making products people love.
  • Wired to Care by Dev Patnaik - Empathy already lies within us, and when we practice it in the workplace, it can lead companies to prosperity beyond the numbers. Patnaik takes readers inside big companies like IBM, Target, and Intel to see empathy in action, and how seeing the world through each other's eyes can lead to more than just a better day at work.

Get moving

  • While your coffee is brewing, take 15 minutes to warm up in the morning with this quick yoga session. Set the tone for a more focused day.
  • ​If one yoga session in the morning isn't enough, here's another! But in this practice, you'll strengthen, lengthen, and recharge your body.

Listen while you work

Podcasts

  • There's no denying that compassion goes a long way. In this episode of Bob Saget is Here for You, Bob sits down for a thoughtful conversation with Regina Hall on the importance of compassion, and why he thinks she'd be a great leader. Listen to the episode here.
  • You may know Alan Alda from his roles in the popular television classics, M*A*S*H and The West Wing, but what you might not know about him is his lifelong effort to change the way science is presented to the public. In this episode of NPR's Weekend Sunday Edition, Alan shares his thoughts and views on the the importance of empathy, particularly throughout this uncertain time.


Music

Cover promotion for Waves (2020).

What to watch

  • A suburban family in Florida experiences a sudden, tragic loss, and joins together to navigate the grief. But combine the mentality of an 18-year old who's "indestructible," with an overly domineering father, the path to healing proves rather difficult. Waves (2019) is an emotional journey about love and forgiveness.
  • Mr. Rogers was arguably the most empathetic figure to grace television screens for 31 straight seasons. And in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) we get another little glimpse into the power of his kindness, based on the true story of one friendship.

Articles to read

  • If you're a parent, there's no doubt you want your kids to grow up and be good people. So if you want to teach them how to act more compassionately and with empathy now, check out this article for tips on how to get started.
  • Just what sort of impact does empathy have in a professional setting? This Forbes article gives us the numbers, from productivity, turnover, motivation,  and more—the results are quite literally jaw-dropping. See for yourself (and take some notes).

And finally, a quote to keep in mind throughout the week

"Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness." — Seneca