[I've checked all the single-word-requests about empathy; they mostly deal with those who lack empathy or somehow empathize "wrongly."]

Empathy is (roughly) the ability to understand another's experience, to put oneself in another's shoes.

Is there a word that captures the desire to empathize? Or the enjoyment thereof or satisfaction derived therefrom?

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    Can you give an example sentence? Sep 5, 2020 at 6:26
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    @DecapitatedSoul I guess it would be "$word is a traiit we aim to cultivate at $awesome_place: not only the ability to empathize, but also the impulse to do so." It's almost like the other end of the connection from pathos. If pathos is trying to draw out a connection to oneself from another, this would be the desire to extend a connection from oneself to another. (In all transparency, I'm trying to modify a syllabus where, for years, I've claimed that empathy is a valued trait. I'm realizing, though, that's not quite it, there's a bit more I'd like to capture.)
    – nitsua60
    Sep 5, 2020 at 7:13
  • May be you are looking for compassionate empathy.
    – Ubi.B
    Sep 5, 2020 at 9:11

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Solicitude is the nearest I can think of.

Solicitude: the quality of caring about other people's comfort, safety, and how they feel.

Example: I'm touched by your solicitude.

[Cambridge English Dictionary]

As a quality of another quality, it may fit your question.

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