How to Raise an Empathetic Child

11/7/2016 - Professor of Psychology Robert Emmons in Reader's Digest.

Empathy is the feeling of understanding and sharing another person's experiences and emotions. In order to teach a child empathy, parents must lead by example, working to see the world through their children's eyes. This may mean anticipating potentially upsetting events in your child's life and acting accordingly.

A study by Robert A. Emmons, PhD, a researcher for University Of California, Davis, shows that gratitude increases happiness levels by approximately 25 percent. Parents can encourage gratitude in their children by practicing it openly in their own daily lives.

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