Kindness promotes empathy and compassion

Light Regional Council Bill O'Brien shares his views.

Light Regional Council Bill O'Brien shares his views.

A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by kind people to either help or cheer up a random stranger, for no reason other than to make people happier.

Random acts of kindness can also be directed to people we know, those less fortunate, in fact anybody.

Kindness promotes empathy and compassion; which in turn, leads to a sense of interconnectedness with others.

When we practice random acts of kindness, it releases an energy. We feel better and the recipients of our acts feel better, which then makes them more likely to be kind to other people.

Sometimes in life the smallest acts have the greatest impact.

It could mean just paying for a coffee for the person behind you when we are in a queue or helping an old person across the street or offering a seat on a busy tram or bus.

A random act of kindness can also make such a difference and have a lasting impact when a stranger comes to our assistance in a way that forever remains in our mind.

I clearly recall a time when I was very young and was attacked by a gang in a Melbourne backstreet and in a bit of trouble, when from nowhere, a lone 'bikie' and total stranger, rescued me.

I have never forgotten that person and have a lot to be thankful for.

I live by the philosophy that suggests that in this world you only take out what you put in and this also applies to our attitude and as to how we treat others regardless of race, politics or religion.

'Aussies' are generous and have a wonderful reputation in giving to charities and helping others and importantly, a spirit of mateship.

The payback is we have a wonderful country full of amazing people.

A random act of kindness directed toward another person(s) means compassion for others before one's own interests. In performing this selfless act, a person may also undercut our own at times, selfish interests... I would encourage you to try it.

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