1. To relate to what a pal is going through, think back to a similar situation you were in. Example: If she’s frustrated about finding a guy, recall the worries you had when looking for a job.
2. The more info you take in, the more your brain has to screen out. So, using your cell and email 24/7 hampers your ability to read people. Shut it all off sometimes to tune in to others.
3. Once you’re a pro at IDing your own emotions, you can better sense what friends are experiencing. Twice a day, consider what you feel at that moment (relaxation, anger) and why.
Sources: Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell, Author of Crazy Busy and Psychologist Yvonne Thomas, PHD