Just in Time for the Holidays

The Key to Connection: Sympathy vs. Empathy

For many, the holiday season is a time filled with happiness and joy. Families come together to celebrate, share meals together, and exchange gifts. But for others, it can be one of the most difficult times of the year to get through.

The holidays can be particularly tough for those of us who have lost loved ones, have strained family dynamics, or are otherwise experiencing a hardship. And if you are someone who is embracing the good spirit of the season, it can be hard to know how to reach out to someone who is not—or what to say or do if you do.

This video explains the difference between reacting to those who are experiencing pain with sympathy vs. empathy.

The gist: sympathy drives disconnection while empathy fuels connection.

And connection makes things better.

The Power of Empathy from Gobblynne on Vimeo.

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