On Sunday Metro News covered a story about a Dartmouth Costco employee who, unknowingly, made a huge impact on a dying cancer patient and her family (read the story here). This small act of kindness demonstrates empathy in its truest form.
Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share feelings of another. Brad Piper took it upon himself to recognize the importance of the photos, and decided it was best to hand-deliever them to this family. By doing so, Piper understood the sorrow that engulfed the patient and her family and empathetically shared the feelings.
This story is a small reminder that empathy can affect others in a big way. Take a moment today to reflect on a time where you have demonstrated empathy to another, and think about how it made you feel. You may be encouraged to find that such a small act of kindness has a great reward!