One of the most fundamental building blocks for any great friendship is empathy – the ability to see things from others perspectives and understand their emotions, conflicts and struggles. Below are just five ways that you can enhance your empathy, thereby improving your friendships.

 

Help others whenever you can

 

We are all given unique strengths and abilities which we can use to help others. I have often been complimented on my resume, and I have offered to help many of my friends with theirs. I help homeless people by giving them food, treating them with dignity and listening to them. One of my strengths is organizing and so I’m planning one of my best friends baby showers.

 

There are so many ways we can help others and in doing so, not only do we reap the rewards of increased self-esteem, happiness and fulfillment but we also learn to place ourselves in others positions, cultivating a greater level of compassion, kindness and empathy.

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