I have to admit, it’s been a great week!I am honoured to be the recipient of this year’s David Johnston Faculty and Staff Award, bestowed upon me by the McGill Alumni Association. It’s especially meaningful to me since I was nominated by former students!Photo credit: Allen McInnis ... See MoreSee Less
Daily Empathy Post #1872 (Sept 24) Purposeful Empathy"But at the very least, this cycle sees our empathy reserves run dry. We struggle to retain our sense of care (or charity, according to recent data on philanthropy in this country) when so much is going on, and especially when the thing that’s going on appears to have no cut-and-dry end in sight.What can you do? For starters, remind yourself that you can’t fix all of these issues. In fact, you can’t really 'fix' any of them. That isn’t nihilism — it’s a permission slip to take a deep breath. You can of course contribute to any cause you believe in, and help in making the world (your household, your school, your town) a better, more compassionate place. But it’s important to work on yourself before challenging yourself to change the tide of entire communities.Start by finding empathy in your daily cadence. Read more — not necessarily from The New York Times app, but from books. Immersing yourself in just one story at a time (even if fictitious) has been proven to increase empathy and emotional intelligence, while rolling back stress levels. Listen more to the people in your inner circle, and talk more to those outside of it. Hone your conversation etiquette while you’re at it; that means asking engaging questions, making eye-contact, and putting away your phone while somebody’s talking.There’s a ton of lifestyle stuff that will obviously help, too (exercise, healthy food, sleep). But more important than all that is monitoring your relationship to the news. Quit the doomscrolling. It’s not helping. It’s like a drive-by on your brain; no wonder you can’t wrap your head around 650,000 deaths, or a house that’s had its roof ripped off, if you’re staring for six seconds or so before moving on to the next thing."Article sourced from InsideHook... See MoreSee Less
In case you missed yesterday's news:I’m thrilled to announce I’ve signed a book deal with Broadleaf Books! Purposeful Empathy will hit the shelves in Spring, 2023. To pre-order: anitanowak.com/books ... See MoreSee Less
Daily Empathy Post #1871 (Sept 23) Purposeful Empathy"Empathy is one of many skills that help us build better relationships. When we resonate with people’s feelings, consider their perspective, or feel compassion for them, we are more likely to be generous and altruistic, and less likely to be prejudiced against them."Article sourced from The Greater Good Science Center... See MoreSee Less
"Start by finding empathy in your daily cadence. Read more — not necessarily from The New York Times app, but from books. Immersing yourself in just one story at a time (even if fictitious) has been proven to increase empathy and emotional intelligence..."
"When we resonate with people’s feelings, consider their perspective, or feel compassion for them, we are more likely to be generous and altruistic, and less likely to be prejudiced against them."