sarahkeenihan

Day 137. Selfish kindness

In December 2012 on December 27, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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Abundant displays of kindness and goodwill on Christmas Day have raised the sense of happiness and acceptance in my household, particularly amongst the children (aged 9, 7 and 3).

A US study released today offers scientific support for this phenomenon: the data shows that ‘tweens’ aged 9-11 who performed kind acts experienced greater happiness and enhanced peer acceptance than other kids.  Examples of kind acts included “gave my mom a hug when she was stressed by her job,” “gave someone some of my lunch,” and “vacuumed the floor”; kids in the control group kept a record of places they visited instead of the acts they performed.

The study suggests that if we offer children more opportunities to be kind, the impact will be felt not only amongst the broader community but also result in better mental health in the protagonists.

Let’s all be kinder.

[image thanks to PEEJOE on flickr]

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