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One of the School of Life series, this is a great introduction to a French philosopher, Henri Bergson. He's not someone I'd heard of, although he was a contemporary of William James.
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius is the moving memoir of a college senior who, in the space of five weeks, loses both of his parents to cancer and inherits his eight-year-old brother.
A series of books with ‘stories that demonstrate the best qualities we share as human beings: compassion, grace, forgiveness, generosity, faith’ and yes; empathy too. The books give vivid examples of what people are willing to do for others (for complete strangers even).
When Toby steps into the path of a dog who bullies him and shreds his beloved stuffed teddy-bear toy, feelings get hurt. This beautifully illustrated book teaches children about the importance of kindness, respect, acceptance and being considerate of others, including pets.
Professor Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon has managed to describe in his own words, with the help of Jeffrey Zaslow; what true empathy, compassion, kindness and gratefulness mean in times of immense adversity.
This is an amazing book written from the perspective of two highly functioning people with different forms of autism. Dr. Temple Grandin is a visual thinker while her co-author, Sean Barron is an emotive thinker.
This book is about the ways to live a whole hearted life. Brene's definition of "Wholehearted" is believing that we are worthy of love and belonging, having the courage to be imperfect, and owning and sharing our story.