Empathy is the ability to recognize another’s feelings, and it comes in different forms. Cognitive empathy is simply recognizing how another person is feeling or thinking through verbal, tonal, and behavioral cues. Compassionate empathy is more of a developed skill, allowing us to connect with the emotions of another without taking on the full weight of those emotions ourselves. It’s often what most people mean when they refer to empathy or say someone is an “empathetic person.” Emotional empathy is physically reflecting how another person is feeling: if you see someone feeling upset, you also feel the same upset in your own body. It can tune us in deeply to another’s pain, but it can also paralyze us from effectively helping. Some call those who experience emotional empathy “empaths.” Some empaths also deal with hyper-empathy, feeling what others feel so acutely that it becomes unmanageable or disorienting.

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World

Empathy is in short supply. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States was suffering from an “empathy deficit.

The Kindness Formula: Caring + Character = Success

Just when we need an uplifting book and a roadmap to restoring our culture, “The Kindness Formula” has been written. A lifelong quest to simply make a better world is manifested so eloquently in this book.

The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy Is Essential in Everyday Life

As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of medical emergency. He always believed that caring came naturally to physicians.

Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness

Spread meaningful kindness in your everyday life with this essential guidebook to making the world a kinder, more accepting place. Practicing kindness is an essential step in helping to repair a world that has grown to be more divisive, lonely, and anxious than ever.

The Compassionate Life: Walking the Path of Kindness

The acclaimed book that helped launch an international compassion movement.

Field Notes on the Compassionate Life: A Search for the Soul of Kindness

Marc Ian Barasch, dubbed "one of today's coolest grown-ups" by Interview magazine, sets out on a journey to the heart of compassion. He discovers its power to change who we are and the society we have become. Compassion, he concludes, is "a prescription for authentic joy.

The Hidden Power of Kindness: A Practical Handbook for Souls Who Dare to Transform the World, One Deed at a Time

Kindness counts. If you have trouble acting with the consistent kindness our Lord expects, your relationships with God and those you love may be suffering.

The Heart of the Revolution: The Buddha’s Radical Teachings on Forgiveness, Compassion, and Kindness

Noah Levine, author of the national bestseller Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, is the leader of the youth movement for a new American Buddhism. In The Heart of the Revolution, he offers a set of reflections, tools, and teachings to help readers unlock their own sense of empathy and compassion.

The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life

When The Power of Kindness first appeared in 2006 it thrilled and challenged readers with one audacious promise: Your acts of generosity and decency are the secret to a fuller, more satisfying life. Kindness is not some squishy virtue, but the very key to your own happiness.