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.Read More
These days our sense of community is eroding. We no longer know the deeper stories of our friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Over time a certain callousness has set in and with it social isolation. Despite this, we all long to be a part of something bigger. If change is to occur, it can start locally and hopefully spread globally. A good place to start is adopting these seven simple habits to bring kindness, consideration, and eventually community back to the center of our lives.Read More
We are being talked at. A lot. But rare is the opportunity to listen thoroughly. Actively listening to one another can help heal cultural tensions and enrich our personal relationships. Some of these eight suggestions take the pressure off the listener and opens the space for genuine connection and a rewarding dialogue.Read More
Even the author of a blog about social connection needs a kick in the pants on being more conversational. On a particular day and in three separate encounters I was reminded how social engagement with others can be so rewarding.
It seems within the past few years there has been a noticeable decline of civility worldwide brought on by an increasing sense of tribalism. This is having harmful effects on our relationships both personal and professional and in some cases leading to great physical harm. In the ugliness, however, hope abounds. Change can start with simple things we can all do individually that can impact the broader global community.Read More