I often wonder how much of the world’s problems can be solved with a little bit of empathy.

If you think about your own life and the mini-village it takes to run it, how much would it change if we learned to bring more compassion to ourselves and those in it?

Would accepting our own mishaps help heal our own wounds and would listening, really listening to those around us, help them as well?

It’s a question worth reflecting on. As we get more busy with stuff (our digital toys, job, family, our own problems), are we missing out on the opportunity to connect with those we love?

It’s Friday, the end of another week. As we wind down with another list of our popular posts this week, I hope you take the time to think about compassion, presence, and empathy. Then, I hope you will find them for yourself as well. Have a great weekend!

5 Steps to Calm Anger With Empathy

(Neuroscience & Relationships) – When you’re steaming mad at someone, the last thing on your mind is being empathetic. Yet, this post makes the argument that it should be the first. Read and use these 5 steps to grow your empathy, understanding and connection skills the next time you are upset.

Top 5 Metaphors for Mindfulness: Interview with Arnie Kozak Ph.D.

(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – Mindfulness. It’s a word you’ve probably been hearing a lot lately. But what is it? Licensed Psychologist Dr. Arnie Kozak provides detailed metaphors to help us gain a deeper understanding of what mindfulness is.

Bad Days, Good Days

(Always Learning) – I love how Leigh Pretnar Cousins says, “I’m learning that I don’t have to be a victim to my emotions.” Guess I wasn’t the only one who thinks so since it made our top post this week. Read her tips on how to transform your bad days into good ones.

Struggling & Recovering From Binge Eating Disorder: Ellen Shuman, Part 2

(Weightless) – In Part 2, emotional eating and binge eating disorder recovery coach Ellen Shuman discusses her personal experiences with binge eating and emotional eating. It’s an inspiring story with tips on how she helps clients overcome these issues.

Just a Poor Choice of Words?

(Bipolar Beat) – How do with fight mental health stigma? By getting rid of us vs. them mentality for one, which is why a recent op-ed piece got our Joe Kraynak so mad. Find out what got him upset by reading the article, then his blog post.