According to new research, performing acts of kindness can help to improve our physical health and as well as our well being. This can also boost the level of our happiness.
Although the giver doesn’t always benefit from kind-hearted behavior all the time. Several factors the level of happiness you derive from your kindness, factors like the type of kindness, gender, the giver’s age, and other demographic factors.
Prosocial behavior—altruism, cooperation, trust, and compassion—are all necessary ingredients of a harmonious and well-functioning society.
It is part of the shared culture of humankind, and our analysis shows that it also contributes to mental and physical health.lead author Bryant Hui
Previous studies conducted have revealed that individuals who show acts of kindness towards others have better physical and mental health than those who don’t.
However, not all studies have found evidence for that link, and the strength of the connection varies widely in the research literature. Hui and a team of researchers carried out a meta-analysis of 201 independent studies that comprise 198,213 total participants.
The researchers then analyzed the correlation between prosocial behavior and well being. They discovered there was a correlation between the two, although it was just slight, it is still meaningful.
More than a quarter of Americans volunteer, for example. A modest effect size can still have a significant impact at a societal level when many people are participating in the behavior.Hui
Going further into the research, Hui and his colleagues discovered that some random acts of kindness like helping children cross the road and helping an older neighbor carry groceries had a strong positive association with general well-being than formal prosocial behavior, like scheduled volunteering for a charity.
Hui explained the reason behind this. In his opinion, informal helping is more spontaneous and casual, and might easily result in creating social connections. Informal giving is also more varied and less likely to become stale or monotonous.