Empathy practice #1: An appreciation audit

Appreciation improves empathy. Once per week, for six to eight weeks, think about three or four people you appreciate.
For each person, ask:
  • What do I admire?
  • For what am I grateful?
  • Do they know how they have contributed to me?
  • If not, what will I do, and by when, to make sure they know?

We have found that simply being present to people we appreciate makes empathy more easily available.