Giving Gives You More.
New research suggest that when you start doing nice things for others you wont want to stop. This takes us back to the question of whether who receives more, the giver or the receiver?
In one of the studies, published last year in the Journal of Social Psychology, researchers in Great Britain had participants take a survey measuring life satisfaction, then they assigned all 86 participants to one of three groups. One group was instructed to perform a daily act of kindness for the next 10 days. Another group was also told to do something new each day over those 10 days. A third group received no instructions.
After the 10 days were up, the researchers asked the participants to complete the life satisfaction survey again.
The groups that practiced kindness and engaged in novel acts both experienced a significant—and roughly equal—boost in happiness; the third group didn’t get any happier. The findings suggest that good deeds do in fact make people feel good—even when performed over as little as 10 days—and there may be particular benefits to varying our acts of kindness, as novelty seems linked to happiness as well.
At a speech at the congressional library Martin Luther King Jr posed the question; Life's more persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others? Another study suggests that happiness is directly linked with kindness, as simple as a hug, a smile, or just a touch to someone lonely and alone.
Kindness indeed has a very profound effect on Happiness
According to a study, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies in April and conducted by researchers at Harvard Business School and the University of British Columbia.
In this study, the researchers instructed roughly half of the 51 participants to recall, as vividly as they could, the last time they spent $20 or $100 on themselves. The other participants had to recall the last time they spent the same amounts on someone else. All the participants also completed a scale that measured how happy they were.
Researchers then gave the participants small sums of money and two basic choices: They could spend it on themselves (by covering a bill, another expense, or a gift for themselves) or on someone else (through a donation to charity or a gift). Choose whatever will make you happiest, the researchers told them, adding that their choice would remain anonymous, just in case they felt pressure to appear more altruistic.
The researchers made two big findings. First, consistent with the British study, people in general felt happier when they were asked to remember a time they bought something for someone else—even happier than when they remembered buying something for themselves. This happiness boost was the same regardless of whether the gift cost $20 or $100.
But the second finding is even more provocative: The happier participants felt about their past generosity, the more likely they were in the present to choose to spend on someone else instead of themselves. Not all participants who remembered their past kindness felt happy. But the ones who did feel happy were overwhelmingly more likely to double down on altruism.
The results suggest a kind of “positive feedback loop" between kindness and happiness, according to the authors, so that one encourages the other.
The recipe is simple my friends. If you want to find peace, joy and lasting happiness, propose to yourself and make it a habit to do something good for someone else every single day. Give a little kid a lolipop, a beggar some money or even better a hug or your time to talk to him and keep him company.
For all creative people out there. The good news is that in order to be kind and good to others you dont have to follow a specific recipe but rather you can be as creative as you want.
Leave us your comments with ideas on how to be kind to others or ideas to give others on simple ways to help others.
Written by Juan Angulo
References http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/kindness_makes_you_happy_and_happiness_makes_you_kindThis website contains opinionated posts. View at your own discretion.
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