How Empathy Helps Us to Learn

Empathy is a valuable trait to hold, not only for relationships but for education, too.

Education is full of different outcomes, important work, solutions, strategies, and variations on teaching as well as students. More and more professionals in the education sector are finding that empathy could be the key to transform 21st-century learning. Empathy encourages children to engage in collaborative problem solving and creative challenges, as well as fostering social-emotional balance and stability.

Empathy is ‘the feeling of being able to understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.’ That all-encompassing definition means empathy results from a complex mix of other meaningful emotions and attitudes that fuel human personalities, such as openness, curiosity, self-restraint, vulnerability, sensitivity, respect, and appreciation. It’s clear that empathy is more than a simple connector – it is fundamental to hold humanity together.

Empathy has the ability to open up students to deeper learning, drive clarity of thinking, inspire engagement with the world, and provide the emotional sustenance for outstanding human performance. It is predicted that empathy will eventually be actively involved in the process of a school system.

Here’s why.

Empathy is healthy. Today we know that positive emotions enhance well-being, health, relationships, and personal strengths.

Empathy promotes whole-child learning. Empathy is estimated to activate the heart. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation, the close cousins of empathy, show pronounced, positive effects on brain processes.

Empathy triggers creativity. Empathy, design, and collaboration are interconnected pieces of the creative puzzle. Therefore, empathy may be a necessary component of an educational system increasingly tilted toward design and inquiry.

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