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Watch Mark Ruffalo explain empathy perfectly on 'Sesame Street.'

The more we understand each other, the better we can help each other out.

Watch Mark Ruffalo explain empathy perfectly on 'Sesame Street.'

There’s a big difference between saying "I feel sorry for you" and "I'm sorry about the situation you're facing."

"I feel sorry for you" is sympathy while "I'm sorry about the situation you're facing" is empathy.

A lot of people have trouble with the difference between these two phrases, though. That’s why "Sesame Street" asked both Murray Monster and Academy-Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo to explain empathy.


In this "Sesame Street" segment, Ruffalo reminds us that we can practice empathy every day.

We can choose to put ourselves in other people’s shoes to better understand the difficulties they face. That way, we are better equipped to help them if we choose to because we can imagine what they feel and can anticipate their needs.

He uses a simple example of stubbing your toe: Most of us have done this, so we can relate to the pain, which makes showing empathy a lot easier.

Of course, empathy isn’t only invoked by understood physical pain, though; emotional pain can also be extremely empathetic. You know that terrible feeling of losing your favorite toy? See! Now you're empathizing.

Watch Murray and Ruffalo hilariously explain empathy in this fun video:

This write-up is brought to you by the letter "E" for empathy.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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