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Empathy 101: Talk to One Stranger This Week

Hannah Wasserman

Empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. It can be learned and practiced. Step one is to cultivate curiosity for strangers. This week, try to have a conversation with one stranger. Don't talk about the weather-- attempt to understand their point of view. Let's expand our empathy together! Tell about your experience in the comments below.

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  • Salina Sias

    Love doing this on the street, at a bar, at a concert, and definitely on the subway!

  • Harald Stoll

    do this all the time! It's great to learn about how other people lead their life and what they find important.

  • Chloe Waretini

    I love doing this! Especially on or waiting for the bus or train. You get so much insight into other people's lives

  • Rosalie Murphy

    Love this, Hannah! Starting today :)