The terms "sympathy " and "empathy " may feel synonymous to some, but understanding the differences between the two can actually help improve and strengthen relationships. While sympathy is about feeling for someone, practicing empathy involves feeling with someone. It is empathy that allows us to see something from another's point of view.
This week, I will recognize when I am expressing sympathy and when I am expressing empathy. I will use this awareness to help me connect with and care for others.