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Examples of Empathy in Everyday Real Life

Here is a list of examples of Empathy in everyday real life situations using HEARTS Mnemonic:

Examples of Empathy in Everyday Real Life
Examples of Empathy in Everyday Real Life


Showing empathy when someone is extremely happy or extremely sad.


Showing empathy when someone is proud of good physical health or bad physical health.


Showing empathy when someone insists on being eco-friendly, going green or sustainable lifestyle vs someone who believes in consuming and leading an extravagant lifestyle


Showing empathy when someone who, talks about aspirations, dreams, personal goals vs, doesn't have goals, or passion, who believes in leading a carefree lifestyle.


Showing empathy when someone shares some happy moments in their relationships such as having a good bonding with their brothers/sisters/niece/nephew, visiting relatives places and sharing gifts and rewards, sharing the acceptance of love proposal from partner, getting married, having children, grandchildren vs sharing incidents like losing their loved one, love relationship break-ups, divorce, or staying alone and feeling lonely


Showing empathy when some shares memorable moments such as buying a car, owning a house, purchasing expensive jewelry or any other stuff vs moments such as losing their property or experiencing a huge lose of wealth or assets.


Showing empathy when someone shares about how interesting it is to be in their society, community, culture, heritage and civilization vs someone who shares their opinion about the challenges that they face being in a particular community.

Show Empathy

You can express empathy in both personal and professional real life situations in everyday life:


  • Show empathy when someone is expressing their life goals, life transitions or when communication personal decisions with you.
  • Your degree of empathy may differ according to the different life roles that you play in life: brother/sister, husband/wife, mother/father to name a few.
  • When you build rapport with someone
  • When you're recieving compliments from someone
  • When you recieve feedback from someone.
  • When you are handling interpersonal conflicts


  • In customer services and sales presentations
  • When you're narrating short stories and anecdotes.
  • When you're persuading, negotiating or influencing someone
  • When you're playing training activities, games, meetings and team building exercises.

Avoid Verbal Communication Barriers when you express empathy

Here are some common verbal communication barriers that hinders your empathy skills:
  • Verbal or speech fillers
  • Mother Tongue Influence (MTI)
  • Being judgmental
  • using redundant words or statements

Enhance your Empathetic Conversations using Effective Verbal Communication Skills

Effective verbal communication tools include:
  • Good speech transitions
  • Attention grabbers/getters
  • Asking questions
  • Effective listening
  • Use of eloquent language skills such as rhetorical devices and figure of speech.

Other Behavioral Skills to help you Enhance your Empathy Skills

Behavioral skills include:
  • Being proactive
  • Being assertive
  • Balancing sympathy and apathy along with empathy
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Being polite and kind
As you become older and older the more easier it is to be empathetic in everyday real life situations.

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