So much of our work and lives would change if we were more empathetic.

We would live more peaceful lives. Our relationships would be easier. We could look upon Others struggling and live in solidarity with them.

Being empathetic is hard because it’s easier to scapegoat other people – being ignorant of their suffering and thinking they are “just out to get us”. It’s easier to be selfish and stingy in our relationships with others.

But in the long term, we can build healthier lives with those around us by practising empathy with everyone we encounter.

What was a situation last week where you lacked empathy? Where can you practise empathy this week?