Quite likely if you’re here reading this you don’t need any boffins to tell you that kindness makes a difference. However for those who perhaps are more cynical, might it persuade you to be a tad nicer?
The New Scientist posted the proof in their “Better World: Be nice to people” article:
It sounds kind of obvious, and a little trite: the world would be a better place to live in if we were all a bit kinder to each other. But how can we make that happen?
This is fast becoming a valid scientific question. Psychologists and neuroscientists are exploring how to increase people’s capacity for empathy and compassion, with two ongoing studies claiming that meditation not only increases compassionate feelings but also improves physical and emotional health.
But you don’t have to be a Buddhist monk or an expert on brain plasticity to help increase global compassion. There is evidence that altruistic acts spread through social networks. In other words, if you are kind to a friend, they are more likely to be kind to someone else they know.
You can read the full article here
So – how likely is it that the New Scientists positive viewpoint might make a difference to how you go about your business?