In this article, Gary Hayden explores the virtue of empathy. The feeling of empathy or compassion motivates us to act in good and unselfish ways to reduce the amount of suffering in the world around us. It is believed that compassion makes us happier. According to the Dalai Lama, “…It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards others.” The writer believes that compassion helps us to connect with people in a warmer and friendlier manner and, in return, we enjoy better relationships and live more fulfilling lives.
Read the full article on http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/spread-positivity-to-those-who-are-down-living
Gary Hayden is a philosophy and science writer. His new book, Walking With Plato, is out at major bookshops here.