Through my own experience and simple observation, I have recently become aware of the importance of opening oneself up to others' perspectives. It seems that too often we get caught up in our own lives, which of course is easy to do, and fail to notice (or even try to imagine) what life may be like for others. When we allow ourselves to "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" (please forgive the cliche), we are opening ourselves up to new experiences and opportunities to gain new insights in which we may not have otherwise.
I also found some simple ways to incorporate this into my life. First, I simply started asking myself some basic questions, such as "what might this situation be like for (so and so) based on his or her background/personality, etc."? or "how might (so and so)'s experience be impacting how they are reacting to what I'm saying right now?".
In learning to live more open-mindedly with an appreciation for others' perspectives, we can all grow and hopefully become more understanding people