Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kindness Can Spread Like the Flu

According to an article in the August 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, performing a good deed for someone makes him or her more likely to do something nice for someone else, says researchers at Harvard and the University of California, San Diego.  Their study provides strong evidence that  cooperative behavior spreads from person to person to person, like a benevolent virus. 

In the study, volunteers simulated giving money away to others.  The researchers observed a domino effect, in which one person's kindness spread first to three people, then to nine people, and then to even more people.  What's more, after giving, you become a more generous person who'll give to others more frequently.  Happily, no one's immune to the kindness flu.  "We found that the effect works on Scrooge and Santa personalities alike, says study co-author James H. Fowler, Ph.D., a professor at UC San Diego and expert on social network.

2 comments:

Alan January 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

Hi Debra!

I am writing to you to help raise awareness about a really cool world-wide chemistry experiment that I think students will really enjoy and hopefully help spark their interest in science. It’s a great hands-on project being sponsored by the International Year of Chemistry for all elementary school and high school students, and according to the IYC there is little to no cost to perform the experiments. They are trying to make it a World Record for largest chemistry experiment ever!

To get my message out to teachers and students I’m reaching out to sites like Best Education Possible asking to submit a guest article, so if that is something you would consider I would be happy to send one along for review, just let me know! Thank you!

Sincerely,

Alan Parker

ernie February 2, 2011 at 4:18 AM  

Hi
I read your blog and found it very informative and helpful to me .Thanks for such an effort

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