Empathy

Every Parent's Nightmare Is an Elephant's Reality

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Every parent's nightmare: They invade your home, snatch your most treasured jewel -- your two young children. You want to run and rescue your children, but you can't. The truth is your worst nightmare is a reality for captive elephants.

How to Bring Out Your Inner Buddha

Kim Smiley | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Kim Smiley

For a Jewish, middle class, Montrealer, I've spent a lot of my life in the company of the Buddha. I have had an 18-year on-again, off-again relationship with the Buddha. He's been by my side during the ups and downs. I never practiced Buddhism, but I have been a student of the religion for half my life.

How To Know If You're Dating A Narcissist

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

They often behave how they think they should, not how they really feel. This kind of pretense can include false modesty, politeness and courtesy... but also pompousness and extroversion. Narcissists surround themselves with sycophants and admirers. The flipside of this is that narcissists have incredible envy of other people's successes.

Do We Have To Be Offended By Everything?

Anne Theriault | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Life is an ongoing exercise in empathy. As a human being, your job should be constantly learning how to make your own way in this world while causing as little harm as possible. Which is why I'm ultimately baffled when people wonder aloud if they're supposed to look at everything critically and worry about its potential to harm others. Because yes, that is exactly what you are supposed to do.

My Son's Autism Doesn't Affect His Empathy

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The thought of teaching my son Emilio to say "I'm sorry" in an effort to build and develop more empathy never crossed my mind. That's the reality of raising children with non-verbal autism; their parents are concentrating on having eye contact with their child; they are working on communication skills so they can verbalize their basic needs like "I want water".

Why I Work With Special Needs Children: A Professional's Perspective

Nathalie Garcin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Nathalie Garcin

I now work with families -- parents who trust us with that which they cherish most of all: their children. All these parents share a common story: they feel forgotten, isolated, frustrated, helpless, and overwhelmed by public sector waiting lists and the lack of support. They are right to worry.

The Photo of the Pope That Got Me Thinking

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have been deeply moved by these pictures of the Pope touching the man with the disfigurement that have gone viral across the Internet. Not because the Pope is doing something supernatural or mystical to that of other human beings, but because pictures like these still get a reaction

Start Where You Are: A Teacher's Story

Lori Gard | Posted 11.14.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

A few years ago, I was dealing with some mysterious health issues. I was having trouble with my stomach. Having trouble with my skin. My respiratory system. My mental health. I was having trouble, and thus feeling in general like I was ten years older than I actually was. My stress levels were through the roof, and I was also having anxiety attacks. Then four words from a doctor changed my life: "Start where you are."

Why the Childless Should Be Nicer to Parents

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

There's a divide in our culture between childless people and people who are parents. I think we need to support our parent friends more. I've had jealousy and snark directed towards me because I can sleep in on weekends and don't have to deal with the kid alarm clocks at 5 a.m. And it is annoying. I'm not making excuses for that. But I think we need to look behind the snark and annoyance to the real issue. Parents often feel very alone. And most of the time, childless people don't get it, because we're not in it.

Where's the Empathy for Animals Killed at the Stampede?

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada
Barbara Cartwright

The death of animals at the Calgary Stampede has become an annual tradition. So what compels people to attend these events, knowing that they will likely see an animal die? It is time for an open conversation about the treatment of animals. If we are to find our empathy we need to see it everywhere.

Dress Codes Disguise Real Bullying Problems

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.03.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A number of schools have decided that the bullying problem can be solved by instituting a uniform or a dress code. To many people, this sounds like a reasonable solution to the pervasive problem of bullying. To people who actually experience bullying, it can look ridiculous, if not dangerous.

How Ashoka's "Changemakers" Are Morphing Canada

Neil Parmar | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Impact
Neil Parmar

Think you've got the next socially innovative idea that's going to change the world for the better? But need a bit of a boost to get started? Consider...

Turns Out Empathy is Contagious

Liza Finlay | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Liza Finlay

Empathy is part of our anatomy. It's just that, like a muscle, it needs to be flexed. What this means is that we are wired for compassion, for caring, for connection. As children scratch out long holiday wish lists, parents have an unparalleled opportunity for empathy training. This time of year provides tremendous teaching moments. Here are a few:

Making Your Kids Love the Classroom

Sara Winter | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada Living
Sara Winter

Have you ever used headphones that were turned up way too loud? If you were wearing them all the time, how hard do you think it would be for you to be able to you to concentrate on other things? Have conversations? Ask questions like these to help kids understand what autism's like.

The 12 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Intellect can be measured by standardized IQ tests, but there's no actual measure of what I call the "EQ," or Emotional Quotient. Practicing the following elements will enable you to boost your EQ and improve your life.