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October 12, 2020 Monday 10:33:15 AM IST

Kind Acts Good for Well-Being

Teacher Insights

Performing acts of kindness is helpful for people's health and well-being, according to new research studies. The impact depends on the type of kindness, the definition of well-being, and the giver's age, gender and demographic factors. Byrant P H Hui, assistant professor of University of Hong Kong and his team performed a meta-analysis of 201 independent studies comprising 198,213 participants to examine the connection between pro-social behaviour and well-being.  More research revealed that random acts of kindness like helping an elderly neighbour to carry groceries were more strongly associated with overall well-being than formal pro-social behaviour such as scheduled volunteering for charity.