We are in a period of unprecedented, unwanted change, change that has been thrust upon us by the corona virus, Covid-19.  We do not have a clear understanding of when this crisis will end and what the world will look like afterwards.

So, I have decided to use my coaching skills and take the word TOGETHER, and do a series of positive blog posts and podcasts for each of the letters in this word, to give you a set of tools and techniques to help you and the people you are connected to, effectively deal with this period of unwanted changed.

The fourth letter E in TOGETHER stands for Empathy.“

The unwanted change caused by Covid-19 has presented many opportunities, including the opportunity to show, experience and practice empathy.

“Empathy” is defined as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another and to show compassion to others.”

“One of the best ways to stand TOGETHER during Covid-19 is show and practice empathy and compassion towards each other.”


Scientific research has shown that when you feel empathy and show compassion, your heart rate slows down, your heart begins to open and your brain begins to secrete the hormone oxytocin.

Many researchers have called oxytocin the “bonding hormone.”

“Practicing empathy and showing compassion generates oxytocin, the bonding homorone.”

Secretion of oxytocin activates the region of your brain that results in you wanting to approach and care for other people. Oxytocin helps generate feelings of love, generosity and trust. It that generation of trust through release of oxytocin that inspired neuroeconomist Paul Zak to call oxytocin “the moral molecule.”

So how do you practice empathy and show compassion to others who are suffering?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

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