We are hard-wired to be kind. In the late ’70s, a group of psychologists coined the term “helpers’ high” after a study found that volunteers and charity workers reported improved personal growth and wellbeing. When a person performs an act of kindness they feel good on a chemical level: the brain produces dopamine, associated with positive thinking. Natural versions of morphine exist inside our brains and these endorphins release when we see the bright impact of our thoughtful acts. Be kind, and everyone benefits.
Uncle Bob Randall, a Yankunytjatjara elder, a traditional caretaker of Uluru, and survivor of the stolen generation.
Can a jaded, cantankerous lawyer – aged just 38 – change his life by reading a short stack of self-help books in one week, all of them focused on the power of kindness? One man takes an honest look at the good, bad and unusual advice that the modern-day self-help book espouses.
As a young male, Marcus is the rarest breed of volunteer in aged care. He visits Joe once a week to play chess at a home in Goonellabah, New South Wales.