Earlier this month, in excess of 150,000 people woke up and walked from Darkness Into Light with Pieta House, crossing the finish line in more than 150 locations around the globe.
The next step on this journey continues as Electric Ireland and Pieta House create ‘The Essentials of Empathy’, to demonstrate that how everyone treats each other has a direct impact on individuals’ well-being.
Developed with the clinical directors of Pieta House, ‘The Essentials of Empathy’ are five actionable guidelines, with the aim of helping friends, colleagues, communities and family members treat each other with more compassion, in order to create a healthier, happier Ireland.
Clinical director of Pieta House, Marguerite Kiely, commented: “The Essentials of Empathy are guidelines for people to bring into their daily lives. If everyone takes one thing from this and brings it into their daily life, we’ll be able to live in a happier and healthier Ireland, where people are looking out for each other and showing they care.
“Darkness Into Light shouldn’t be the end of the journey for those taking part, but rather the beginning for so many who suffer in silence on a daily basis.”
The Essentials of Empathy
Slow down and check in: In a fast-paced world, we need to slow down, take a breath and check in with ourselves and those around us.
Listen and connect: Listening is about more than just being present. Put down your phone and connect in real life through daily activities. Go for a walk or have a cup of tea together.
Ask questions, even the hard ones: Sometimes, asking how someone is really feeling can be a tough question, but it is the best way to start a conversation.
Empathise and be understanding: Passing remarks can have big impacts. By being more understanding, and seeing things from others’ points of view, we can help to make everyone feel more accepted.
Be generous with your kindness: Small acts of kindness can make someone’s day. It is a gift that we can all give, and something we should give whenever and wherever we can.
For more information on the work of Pieta House visit www.pietahouse.ie