If you haven't already, you should "like" Empathy First Initiative on Facebook. There are lots of quotes, stories, videos, etc. posted that I believe can help promote a habit and a culture of empathy. I believe one of the best ways to develop and practice this habit of empathy is to learn how to listen effectively to others and ourselves and the world around us. This TED talk lists five simple ways we can listen better.
Our media have to scream at us in order to get our attention. And that means it's harder for us to pay attention to the quiet, the subtle, the understated.