The ability to see the perspective of another is evidence of social and emotional intelligence. Parents and educators alike strive to help children develop empathy – the capacity to feel and understand the behavior of others and to care for them.

World religions and philosophies promote compassion and kindness such as the Golden Rule – Matthew 7:12 or The Dalia Lama “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay, but acknowledging that it is not.

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