Tuesday, February 04, 2014

February 10-16 is Random Acts of Kindness Week


Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 10th thru the 16th. The Random Acts of Kindness foundation is an internationally recognized non-profit organization founded on the powerful belief in kindness - and dedicated to providing resources and tools to encourage kindness around the globe. 

Research shows that tiny acts of kindness ripple exponentially across social experiences - essentially sparking a contagiousness of generosity and cooperativeness. Simple stated,  a single kind act influences dozens more. Kindness - especially spontaneous acts of kindness - surge the feel good hormone dopamine in both the giver and the receiver.



Reasons why acts of kindness make people happier:

  • Being kind fosters compassion, which increases happiness.
  • Being kind promotes a sense of connection and community with others.
  • Being kind helps us appreciate and feel grateful for our own good fortune.
  • Being kind allows us to use our strengths and talents in a meaningful way.
  • Being kind improves physical well-being, lowers blood pressure, and eases pain. 

  • So be kind - and pay it forward!


Citation:

Fowler, H. & Christakis, N. (2010). Cooperative behavior cascades in human social networks. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 107(10): 5334-5338.

Lyubormirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness. New York: Penguin.



4 comments:

Evelyn Jones said...

This is too sweet! I hope I get to do this! Teehee:)

Megan Raymond, ASW said...

This concept is so important and unfortunately people sometimes view it as trivial. I appreciate that you mention the research that backs this up.

S'onnie said...

We drew names at work to do 3 random acts of kindness on valentines day.. .it actually made everyone smile and mostly over the little things like a note left on a desk or a poem printed beautifully by an author that was liked.

It really did improve the morale of everyone so imagine what could happen if we did it out side of the work place!!!!!

Dr. Deb said...

Evelyn,
I hope you do too.

Megan,
I like to ground a lot of what I say and do in science. Thanks for noticing ;)

S'onnie,
Love this!