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The 8 Most Inspiring Things People Do Every Day

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Carl Rogers, considered one of the fathers of humanist psychology, recognized in his groundbreaking work just how powerful it is to truly listen to a person. He has said that simply listening to his clients was an important way of being helpful. The most effective act of help is where you listen for the feelings and emotions that are behind the words. We see it every day – people who can walk in another’s shoes, and feel deep empathy, are inspiring and in fact, healing to be with. As Rogers has shared, it requires going beyond recognizing another’s situation; it’s being able to imagine oneself living it. People who commit themselves to empathizing with others – avoiding the all-too-easy judgments, criticism, and put-downs, but instead listening intently to another and trying to inhabit that person’s version of world – are deeply inspiring role models.

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