Vaishali Mamgain, the director of the Center for Compassion at the University of Southern Maine, served as a guest on Maine Public’s radio call-in show “Maine Calling.”
The Feb. 8 show, themed around the issue of kindness, was a part of the PBS celebration of Fred Rogers’ legacy and the airing of the documentary, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”
Mamgain defined kindness as “wanting others to be happy and wanting to be happy yourself.”
An act of kindness comes from some of the same positive emotions as compassion and friendship, she said.
On Jan. 1, Mamgain was part of a Maine Calling program on compassion.
Besides her work for the Center for Compassion, she also serves as an associate professor of Economics at USM.