Practicing Empathy For Healthy Relationships: Mental Health App Report Released

The new mental health article explains the importance of practicing present-moment-awareness. This is the state when a person is focused on the here and now and does not dwell on the past or worry about the future. This simple mindset shift allows an individual to notice their own feelings and be more attentive to that of others.

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Another tip mentioned in 29k’s new report is listening more than speaking. Empathy is experienced when one is able to place themselves in another’s shoes. This can be challenging when no one is listening to each other, as preconceived notions about what the other party intends to communicate block true empathy. The group recommends lowering defensive thoughts and listening to what the other person is saying without interruption or distraction.

29k reiterates that empathy is the ability to emotionally understand how another person feels. Developing empathy can reduce miscommunication and foster better relationships. Further, recent studies show that practicing empathy and gratitude has a cumulative effect on mental health and physical well-being. Those who are empathetic typically have stronger immune systems and are less likely to develop depression or anxiety.

The article ends by saying that though it can be difficult at first, practicing empathy is a rich and empowering skill that all people should develop.

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The group writes, “We all know what it feels like to be hurt or angry, and sometimes we instinctively react by trying to protect ourselves. We close off our hearts and minds, and we become defensive. For empathy to exist, we need to open our hearts and let go of our defensiveness.”

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