I’ve often said that relationships are like muscle tissue, the more they are engaged, the stronger and more valuable they become. Developing empathy is an important component in helping build those relationship muscles. Practicing its facets improves all walks of life, and should be on everyone’s exercise list.
Listening, looking at things from another person’s perspective, letting them know you understand them and are willing to help — all of these are facets of empathy that need consistent practice. Some people seem to find it easier to develop empathy than others, but it all comes down to one thing: being good to people. Keep doing it and you’ll get better at it!