A study conducted by Oxford University on conjunction with Kindness.org discovered that observing or carrying out one kind act per day, for seven days, boosted subjective happiness in participants of the study. The study also found out that the more acts of kindness observed or committed, the happier people became.
However, this study isn’t the first time a link between kindness and happiness has been identified. In 2018, a team of researchers analysed 27 different studies that all identified links between acts of kindness and personal happiness.
The research also indicated it didn’t matter if the acts of kindness were for family and friends or for strangers – all acts of kindness achieved the same level of happiness.
5 easy ways to be kind
- Write a nice note of appreciation to a family member, friend or colleague
- Invite a new friend out to socialise
- Give someone a genuine compliment
- Smile at a stranger
- Donate to a charity
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