Barbara L. Fredrickson, et al. "Happy People Become Happier Through Kindness: A Counting Kindnesses Intervention." Journal of Happiness Studies 7.3 (2006): 361-375. (EBSCOhost)
A study conducted between happy people and less happy people have shown drastic differences. The study has shown that happy people show better social relationships and better outlooks on everyday life rather than less happy people that have shown decreased levels in these aspects. The study also showed that these “happy” people continued to generate self-satisfactory with acts of kindness with others. After consulting with participants of their well-being and outlook on life, they continued the study to find better results. Using two types of groups: happy and less happy individuals, researches experimented on how kindness can affect one’s perspective. The results of the experiment happened to show that the happy people that continued to commit acts of kindness, continued to have the same satisfactory and perspective. While the less happy people that were encouraged to commit more acts of kindness, shown to improve their moods throughout their everyday lives, and perspective about life.
Dr. Michael Bond. “How To Increase People’s Empathy and Compassion.” September 19, 2009: New Scientist. (67-72) 2009. (Scholarly Press)
Several psychologists and neuroscientists are experimenting on how to increase people’s empathy and compassion. Ongoing studies have claimed that meditation has increased passionate feelings along with physical and emotional health. In my opinion, it would be nearly impossible to force members of today’s society to devote to meditation rituals. Researchers have found not all acts are being performed publicly. There has been a study of kindness happening on social networks sites that believe when individuals commit acts of kindness on these social network sites, it enhances the chances of receiver to spread kindness...