13 Dec Happiness is…others and others require empathy
We all know that a guiding principle of happiness and positive psychology is that _ã–Other people matter._ã What is it that makes other people matter to us? Empathy.
Empathy is commonly defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Our ability to relate to another person will inherently be the context in which they have meaning to us. If we cannot understand another person, why should they matter to us? By having insight into how another person feels, we can participate in her experience and comprehend the emotions, good, bad or indifferent, that she feels. Empathy makes us better people because it takes us outside ourselves. It forces us to acknowledge people around us as human, replete with the same panoply of feelings that we ourselves possess. Empathy allows us to appreciate others because we partake in their emotional lives.
Do you want more happiness? If so, you might like to continue reading this article from Positive Psychology News Daily in which Aren Cohen talks more about how happiness can come from building relationships through empathy – click here