The researchers at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley…recommend increasing empathy through interaction. They offer four simple ways to increase empathy:
1. Active listening
2. Sharing in other people’s joy
3. Looking for commonalities with others
4. Paying attention to faces
Want to accomplish all of these things at once? Have a conversation.
The best conversations happen between two people who are considering each other. That’s the definition of consideration, after all, to think carefully about the effect of what you say and do and try to avoid upsetting or harming another person with your words or actions.— Celeste Headlee in We Need to Talk