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Being Kind can Make People Happy

Update Date: Jan 25, 2013 07:36 AM EST

Being kind or performing just a random act of kindness can lift up the mood and also make people happy. In a recent study, researchers have linked the small acts of kindness and the expressions of gratitude to the happiness of a person, though the process is yet to be determined.

The study was done by Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, who had conducted extensive research on happiness for over 20 years.

It has been observed that doing good work, thinking good thoughts and being well-behaved improves the mental health of an individual and spreads well-being. The focus of the research was to find out the process by which a person can change his/her thoughts and activities in order to be happy.

Although there is no recommended process or nature of kindness that can make a person happy, doing different acts of kindness as much as possible and for the right reason plays a pivotal role in maximizing the happiness.

"I have evidence that the dosage is important. Doing it [act of kindness] three times a week gave no extra benefit. We did one study where we had people do acts of kindness over 10 weeks," Lyubomirsky was quoted as saying in Medicalxpress.               

It was observed that while the act of kindness did make the volunteers happy for some time, they were happier when the type or the variety of the act kept changing from time to time. While a random act of kindness may make a person happy, if the same act has to be done on a regular basis it loses its appeal and thus stops a person from feeling the happiness.

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