Empathy is both a trait and a skill. Here's how to strengthen it

Empathy is crucial for conflict resolution and understanding and bonding with others. Here's how to strengthen the skill and practice it in your everyday life.

(CNN)Having empathy for other people goes a long way in fostering strong relationships. In fact, empathy is a fundamental building block for conflict resolution and understanding and bonding with others.

Psychological science has defined the term in many ways, but simply, it's "the ability to perceive accurately what another person is feeling," said Jennifer Lerner, a psychological scientist and the Thornton F. Bradshaw profe