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It turns out that empathy is contagious, so try to pay it forward

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People often characterize teenagers as self-centered, but in reality, they are often empathetic and concerned about their friends’ well-being. A recent study spanning two decades found that empathy is contagious and can be passed down through generations. Empathy from mothers to their teenagers predicted the teenagers’ empathy towards their friends during adolescence. Moreover, teenagers who showed empathic support to their friends were more likely to become supportive parents and raise empathetic children. Building empathy during the teen years can be challenging, but listening to understand, managing stress, and talking about feelings are effective strategies. Ultimately, uninterrupted time and attention are crucial in building empathy with teens.