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Note From Obsessed: Julie is having a bad day so let's give her some grace. We all have bad days. It is inevitable. We are humans and we are not promised happiness (ever). What can turn a bad day around? A random act of kindness.
According to the Berkley Wellness Institute:
The Benefits of Random Acts of Kindness
Kindness is one of the most valued character strengths in Western society (Binfet, 2015). We like kind people, so being kind can help us be liked. Beyond that, being kind has been shown to boost not only others’ well-being but also our own personal well-being. For example, if we spend more money on others we are generally happier, and if we volunteer to help others, we are generally healthier (Curry et al., 2018).
Why might random acts of kindness be good for us?
Some researchers have proposed that happiness is just the emotional experience we have when we act in ways that promote our survival. Given that kindness helps us build healthy relationships with others—others who may be able to protect and support us—evolutionary psychologists believe that kindness makes us happy because it helps us survive and thrive. This may be especially true when we help family, friends, community members, and spouses (Curry et al., 2018).
Who practices random acts of kindness?
Researchers suggest that some people are more likely to practice random acts of kindness than others. Here are some of the things that might lead us to be kind:
- Witnessing our parents engage in random acts of kindness likely makes it more likely that we will too. Monkey see monkey do, right?
- If someone tells us that we’re kind, we might also be more likely to engage in random acts of kindness.
- If we see someone else showing kindness, we are more likely to show kindness. Researchers suggest that kindness is even contagious (Baskerville et al., 2000).
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