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I hope she's reGOOPerating from her ordeal. (via Getty)

To be honest, my knee-jerk reaction to the news that Gwyneth Paltrow gave up on Mario Batali's #FoodBankNYCChallenge after four days was to make some smart-ass comment along the lines of "I guess it's kind of hard to find decent free-range de-glutenized quinoa puffs for under $60 a pound." But then I decided that no, I'm not going to do that. So, sadly, you won't get to read that joke. Instead, you'll have to read my experiment with a thing I recently heard about called "empathy."