Singaporeans should get over their paiseh-ness or fear of embarrassment and be more kaypoh or nosy so there can be more meaningful interactions with fellow residents, especially those who are in need, says Melissa Kwee, CEO of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre (NVPC) and a self-professed busybody.

With this attitude, Kwee looks to learn something from everyone and hopes to see opportunities for giving embedded in everyday life. “This way, it can allow for micro acts of kindness so giving need not be a once a year thing,” muses Kwee.

To illustrate, Kwee uses the example of chatting up an elderly neighbour living alone. A simple “Eh, uncle, how are you?” can make his day and, possibly, bring to light any issues he is facing, she explains.

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