Watch these video series on the power of empathy, overcoming toxic positivity
“Practicing empathy is not always easy, but it is a critical skill that can help you build stronger relationships, manage your emotions and foster greater compassion.”
Empathy is defined as your ability to do your best to understand what a person is feeling, and why they might be feeling that way. While it is not something you are born with, Damico says everyone has the capacity to cultivate greater empathy and enhance their resilience.
“Empathy is important in nearly every aspect of daily life, and has to be taught, modeled and learned,” Damico noted. “With all of the stressors in the world right now, we often may find ourselves jumping to conclusions or being quick to judge. Instead, try putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Gain a better understanding of their perspective and take the time to nurture your empathy.”
Building resilience through empathy
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) offers a series of free videos on the power of empathy. Look below for details about each episode.
Tackling toxic positivity
While empathy is the ability to recognize, and respond appropriately to, another person’s feelings, toxic positivity involves dismissing someone’s negative emotions and responding with false reassurances, such as, “everything will be OK” or “it’s for the best.”
To help adults learn how to avoid toxic positivity, the DCRC team offers a series of free videos that dig deeper into this term.
“Remember, it’s OK to not always be OK,” explained Damico. “You need to know when to take off those rose-colored glasses and acknowledge your true feelings and the feelings of others.”
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