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In a world where everyone is really concerned about themselves, their problems how to go about their daily lives, and how progress can be made to get to where they wish to be. In order to thrive and coexist as humans, a major attribute that one needs to develop is empathy.

Contrary to sympathy - feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune) - which is often confused for emapthy, empathy is really the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person With empathy, you give yourself the opportunity to know what the other person is feeling, understanding his/her pain point, getting to know what will or can make the person happy. This should be our basis of relating with people(friends, bosses, subordinates or clients), this should be the basis of creating products(physical, digital or whatever form), this should amongst other factors be a measure of success of any organization - satisfying the needs of customers/users without necessarily having to break a leg to do that. The beautiful thing about empathy is that you don’t necessarily have to be in the other person’s situation to empathize with them... You just have to understand the issues they are facing and see things from that direction.

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And also, empathy does have returns as it builds trust between you and the person you’re trying to empathize with. And so for us to have the better world we crave for... We all need to develop this sense of empathy in us.