How to Show Empathy in Every Conversation

How to Show Empathy in Every Conversation

The expression of empathy is one of the kindest gestures you can offer someone. You deliberately walk their path and feel what they feel. We all long for more empathy in our society but we can do our part when we purposefully express it in our everyday conversations. Within this article, we explore five tips for practicing empathy as a vital communication skill. It can become a model for building authentic trust while strengthening the interconnectivity of our communities.

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The Hidden Meanings Behind Gift Giving

The Hidden Meanings Behind Gift Giving

Gift giving is central in our culture as a means to express, with tangible things, the affections we have for one another. Sometimes a gift is simply a gift. But other times there is hidden meaning or a different agenda in our offering. We also turn to gifts to speak on our behalf when we just don’t have the right words. But in the end, we examine that the best gifts to give are the ones that don’t need wrapping or a gift receipt. They’re always simple and they’re always personal. 

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How to Support Friends and Loved Ones Going Through a Hard Time

How to Support Friends and Loved Ones Going Through a Hard Time

During our lifetime, it’s inevitable that every one of us will face heartache, hardship, loss, and disappointment. Not only us but our friends and loved ones too. But during such times we may feel uncertain of how to support them in a way they really need. Within are 6 practical suggestions of how to support loved ones going through hard times. Plus bonus advice on how to relay to others what you need when it’s your turn to receive support.

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How to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

How to Establish Healthy Boundaries in Relationships

Personal boundaries are something usually invisible but become quite noticeable when infringed upon. We all come into adulthood with expectations of boundaries modeled for us in childhood. If not shown healthy examples, we may feel disrespected and stuck when some of our loved ones cross a line time and time again. But by recognizing our own power and space and by creating a thoughtful action plan for change when required, we can enjoy our relationships without the burden of potential overreach.

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Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

Are We Acquaintances or Are We Friends?

We all have a bunch of “friends” thanks to Facebook but the term has gotten watered down. We now live with uncertainty about what we can expect from people in our social circle. By evaluating who we have in our social life with honesty and transparency we can get to the heart of who’s in our corner and who’s just in the room.

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What Curiosity Does to Your Brain and Your Relationships

What Curiosity Does to Your Brain and Your Relationships

As humans, our drive for knowledge is hardwired into our DNA because it contributed to the advancement of our species. Science has confirmed that having curiosity improves our ability to learn more effectively. But with our present-day information overload, we need to carefully consider the best sources for added knowledge. By being curious about the people in our lives we benefit by learning untold stories, expertise, and wisdom that may enrich us if not totally surprise us.

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