Humans 101

One Question to Help You Practice Empathy

Instead of simply assuming everyone’s trying their best, ask: ‘What if they’re secretly suffering?’

Jane Park
Human Parts
Published in
7 min readAug 20, 2020
Illustration of a swimming pool ladder going down into the galaxy of a pink person’s mind.
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When I am angry and irritated by a result I don’t want to accept, remembering to ask, “What if they are trying their best?” usually works to calm my roiling emotional heartburn. But a…

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Jane Park
Human Parts

Entrepreneur + Essayist. CEO of sustainable gifting company: https://tokki.com/. Speaker, writer: https://www.seejanewonder.com. Addicted to making meaning.