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And what’s even better to know is that research also shows that kindness is contagious. Apparently, seeing someone help another person gives us a good feeling, which in turn encourages us to go out and do something altruistic ourselves. “It is natural for us to seek the positive emotions that accompany seeing and doing acts of kindness”, said Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University. “If we saw more positive stories in the media, it might spur an even greater trend of compassion”, he said.

In 2005, a study was conducted proving that engaging in deliberate acts of kindness leads to increase wellbeing. Take a look at SoulPancake’s experiment on this finding.

With research to back it up, it seems pretty clear that doing good for others will also do good for us. So why not setting it as a challenge?

A task for you: Can you think of the last time you did something kind for someone? i.e. that you gave your support, or listened, or helped, or made a favour, or just smiled? What did you do? Let’s make a kind of small experiment between you and us: set yourself a goal to do something nice for someone at least once a day for, say, a week, and then share it with everyone here. Can we count on you? 😀