In a world often deep-fried in sadness and bad news, a brand new study offers up some good old fashion proof that there is goodness in the world.
And that it does mean something.
According to an article over in The Huffington Post, researchers in Vancouver, Canada studied about 400 kids between the ages of 9 and 12 by dividing them into two separate groups. The first group was asked to “keep track of pleasant places they visited” (ball fields, relative’s homes, etc) while the other was asked to perform acts of kindness (help friends with homework, give stressed-out parents a hug, etc).
Then after four weeks, each of the two groups of young people were questioned in-depth. The results, which were published in the Dec. 26th edition of the journal PLoS ONE discovered that each group was then found to be happier, however, according to the HuffPo piece, “…the kids who had performed acts of kindness reported experiencing greater acceptance from their peers — they were chosen most often by other students as children the other students wanted to work with.”
As it turns out, what the researchers were zeroing in on was the revelation that when youth are asked to do something as simple as being kind to other people, the happiness they create in their small corner of the world is wildly contagious. Mostly to themselves.
This is critical information too because, as the study age group reveals, kids at the age when bullying in school is often at it’s worst are quite able to create a much more livable environment for themselves and others around them just by being nice.
Info source: The Huffington Post
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