Category: Empathy

Exposure Breeds Empathy

Posted by davidjsinger - July 4, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Pride Month has just come to an end, and I was thinking about the way LGBTQ issues have been in the news in a big way over the last few years. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2015 for equal rights for those in same-sex marriages. The fight for transgender rights has helped make the […]

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“The Kindness Cure” Book

Posted by davidjsinger - January 31, 2018 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Book, Book Review, Empathy, Giving, Happiness, Helping Others, Kindness, Leadership
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Because gratitude, happiness, and positive leadership are favorite subjects of my blog posts, I was given the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of The Kindness Cure, by Tara Cousineau, PhD, which will be published on February 2. “Be Nice” is the second of my Six Simple Rules and when I was writing Six Simple Rules […]

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We Are All the Same

Posted by davidjsinger - November 22, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Empathy, Giving, Gratitude, Kindness, Leadership, Listening
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I do not attend many religious services over the course of a typical year. There is one service I love attending more than the others. It’s an Interfaith Thanksgiving service, held on a rotating basis, in one of a group of participating houses of worship from the towns surrounding where I live. Clergy from the […]

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A Simple Empathy Example

Posted by davidjsinger - April 5, 2017 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Empathy is an important skill for all of us. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes helps you to understand their situation. And if you understand, you will be able to treat them with compassion. I recently heard an example of someone putting himself in the shoes of others. Depsite being a low-stakes […]

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Real Leaders and Sexism

Posted by davidjsinger - December 14, 2016 - Be a Leader, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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Many people dismayed by Hillary Clinton’s loss are looking for any positive takeaway from her run. They point to her winning the popular vote by almost three million votes as evidence we will have our first female president sooner than later. Having a female at the top of a major party ticket was progress. But […]

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Seeking to Understand Millennials

Posted by davidjsinger - October 26, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Be Nice, Empathy, Leadership, Learning
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Seeking first to understand is a habit I try to follow. It’s one I first learned while reading Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I often talk about seeking first to understand when I speak about “Be Nice”, the second of my Six Simple Rules for a Better Life. I very much enjoyed […]

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Leaders: All the Way

Posted by davidjsinger - September 21, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be a Lifelong Learner, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership, Learning
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I recently watched All the Way, an HBO movie about the story of Lyndon Johnson and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you have access to HBO, you should be able to watch it on demand. In addition to learning about the history and events surrounding that critical legislation (which was followed by the Voting […]

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Empathy from Exposure

Posted by davidjsinger - September 14, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe rarely generates the level of empathy it would have if it was closer to home. This American Life, the wonderful radio show / podcast, recently sent staffers to Greece to learn the stories of refugees. The stories were then shared over the course of two episodes. Episode 592 in […]

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Happiness from Acceptance

Posted by davidjsinger - April 20, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be Happy, Be Nice, Be Organized, Empathy, Family, Friends, Happiness, Kindness, Leadership, Learning, Parenting
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I made sure I taught my kids, if someone sends you an e-mail, a text message, or any other type of communication, you need to respond. If you don’t have time to give a complete reply, acknowledge receipt and tell them you will get back to them later. And then do so. Yet, I have […]

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Leadership: Just Mercy

Posted by davidjsinger - March 30, 2016 - Be a Leader, Be Nice, Empathy, Kindness, Leadership
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I recently read the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and those trapped in other ways in our criminal justice system. The book’s central story is of Stevenson’s fight to get Walter MacMillian, wrongly accused of murder, off of […]

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