Professor Al’s Equation For Empathy

Have you ever wanted to comfort a friend but didn’t know what to say? Then this Inspire Point is for you. Why? Because you already have what you need to show empathy to your friend. It begins with the two appendages attached to the side of your head.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
~ Leo Buscaglia

Professor Al’s first equation for empathy involves your ears and mouth.

Let me break it down for you. It’s a very simple equation but it can be difficult to do. To show empathy, use your ears twice as much as your mouth. The philosopher Epictetus put it this way.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. ~Epictetus

Daily Doable: Don’t underestimate the power of a listening ear. Listen to the professor and the philosopher. You have two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly.

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