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Listening: The Ultimate Act of Generosity

written by John Amodeo, PhD, MFT December 4, 2019
Listening: The Ultimate Act of Generosity

The word “generosity” may prompt thoughts of donating money or helping the needy. While these may be generous acts, there’s a more fundamental way to extend generosity that we often miss — and it doesn’t cost a dime.

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. —Epictetus

We all long to be seen and understood.

The Loneliness Epidemic

The epidemic of loneliness in our society is due in part to how we often don’t hear each other. Perhaps we grew up in a family in which we didn’t feel heard and held a lot inside. Or we felt so criticized and shamed when we tried to express our feelings and needs to a partner, that we decided it’s just not worth trying.

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