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Help! My empathy meter is falling & I need to know how to bring it up! If you're confused about the difference between sympathy, empathy & compassion you're not alone. Too often these "cousins" are misused so here's a quick run-down... Sympathy When we act out of sympathy we're not really connecting with the other person. It means we understand what the person is feeling. It's pity for them. Empathy When we act out of empathy, a connection emerges with the feelings of the one who is...


Funny thing about trust...we have to give it away to get it. Every day we're awarding or taking away our trust. When you think about it, the same people who were NOT trusted 20 years ago still don't have our trust. The people we trusted 20 years ago still have our trust. So, there's enough trust to go around. The goal should be to intelligently give & refuse trust to the trustworthy & be vulnerable enough to provide our own behavioral evidence we're trustworthy. Here are some...

ICYMI: Panel Discussion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Mind, Community, and Institution

182 Extension professionals came together recently for a panel discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion for social race relations (mind), community leader input (community), and Extension leadership input (institution). Dr. Shatomi Luster-Edward, Regional Director, Urban West Regional Office, University of Missouri Extension, Dr. Lindsey Lunsford, Sustainable Food Systems Resource Specialist, Tuskegee University, and Krystle J. Allen, Extension Associate (Emergency Preparedness &...

Encouraging adoption of protection behaviors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) have highlighted a new guidance document for encouraging the adoption of COVID-19 protection behaviors, "The current pandemic requires adoption of health-promoting behaviors, such as mask wearing, physical distancing, and handwashing. The first two of these behaviors—mask wearing and physical distancing—require the development of health habits that are new to the U.S. population and inconsistent with existing habits and...

ICYMI: A Virtual Tour: Explore Nutrition Tools and Resources from USDA and HHS Websites

We had a wonderful and very informative webinar yesterday with @Marcia Greenblum & @colleen.sideck from USDA, and @Holly H. McPeak from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services! During the webinar, these panelists guided participants through the different nutrition tools and resources found on the USDA and HHS sites. There were a TON of resources that they covered, and as promised - we wanted to share that list here: If you missed the webinar, you can find a recording of it here...

National Extension Response Resources Site to Include Resources for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

eXtension has updated with a collection of resources related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This is just the start, if you have other similar resources to share, we invite you to submit them to . In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the eXtension Foundation launched to create a national resource site for Cooperative Extension professionals. The purpose of this site was and still is to help Extension professionals...


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