Empathy, sympathy, and compassion

These words are often used interchangeably but have slightly different meanings and nuance.

Empathy is feeling with someone while sympathy is feeling for someone.

Compassion is feeling sympathy but with a connotation of action.

As a concept, sympathy is closely connected to both empathy and compassion.

While these skills can be innate, they can also be learned and can lead to more fulfilling relationships even with ourselves.