Empathy Day

Empathy Day Quick Facts

2021 Date10 June 2021
Empathy Day

Empathy Day History

Empathy Day seeks to inspire and increase empathy. Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. It is placing yourself in someone else’s shoes. It is a key part of what makes us human. This day encourages everyone to increase their empathy. One way this can be done is by reading books. According to empathylab, studies have shown that you are more likely to develop empathy by understanding the emotions and feelings of the characters.

Empathy Day was founded in 2017 by Empathy Lab. It is observed annually at the beginning of June.

Empathy Day Facts

  • The central theme of Empathy Day in 2021 is Walking in others’ shoes.
  • According to empathylab.uk, empathy can improve social and emotional competence. It is also an essential ingredient in education and a key factor in moral behaviour.
  • Only 10% of our empathic capacity is genetic.
  • According to empathylab.uk, 94% of employers agreed social and emotional skills were as important as academic qualifications in the workplace.

Empathy Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Improve and better your empathy by reading literature. It's been shown to be a good way to improve one's understanding of other people.
  • Browse the 2021 Empathy Collection and find books that can help with building empathy.
  • Watch a movie that helps build empathy. Here are our suggestions:
    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
    Hidden Figures (2016)
    Inside Out (2015)

Empathy Day References and Related Sites

www.empathylab.uk: Empathy Day

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