Doing selfless good deeds, or just being kind, is contagious — and the behavior of a few can influence many, a new study suggests.
Participants played a “public-goods” game in which one person gives money to others. Players didn’t know each other before the game and never played it more than once with the same person. Yet researchers found that generosity in the first round was tripled by others, who were directly or indirectly influenced to give more.
When people benefit from kindness, they “pay it forward,” which creates greater cooperation that influences others in a social network, say researchers Nicholas Christakis, a physician and sociologist at Harvard University, and James Fowler, a social scientist at the University of California-San Diego. Findings were published in March in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Christakis and Fowler also have found happiness, loneliness and obesity to be contagious. In their earlier work, they used records of individuals in Framingham, Mass. But the new study is the first laboratory evidence to support a domino effect in contagion, they say.
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Monday, January 25, 2010.
We should feel so lucky and blessed to be living in America. Our problems aren’t near as bad as ones other countries face around the world. The nation of Haiti has just went through a tremendously trying and difficult time with the huge earthquake that struck. Now almost two weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, staggering numbers have mounted. The numbers tell stories of death and destruction, as well as a global outpouring of aid. Please join in this aid process. Every little bit helps and will brighten someone’s day in the struggling country.
The European Union and the Pan American Health Organization, which are coordinating the health-sector response, have estimated the quake killed 200,000 people with another 194,000 injured (CNN.com). There is so much hurt and need for the Haitians. People can be seen in makeshift communities in fields begging for a tent to have a place to sleep, let alone going without necessary food and water for days.
There are many organizations that are working to bring relief to the hurt in Haiti. Contact your local Red Cross, church, or military base to see how you can help. It can be as easy as texting “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. Here are some other organizations that are trying to organize efforts to help http://www.google.com/relief/haitiearthquake/.
I have donated and made a small, but important impact in the relief efforts. I will continue to help in other ways through community group fundraising efforts and church donation programs. Won’t you join in the effort?
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During the Christmas season we are all so extremely busy running around, going to holiday parties, shopping, and eating; that it is so easy to forget the little things. This year for Christmas and as part of my blog to spread kindness, I am calling on you to join me in the “Twelve Days of Kindness.”
That’s right, remember the famous Christmas carol about the Twelve Days of Christmas; well let’s change it a bit and this year it’s the “Twelve Days of Kindness.” We are going to document each act per day leading up to Christmas. Please leave comments with your own kind acts – we want to hear from you and know that kindness is spreading, one simple act at a time.
Monday, December 14, Day 1, Act 127:
I had the privilege of helping out a coworker’s department with delivering Christmas poinsettias. We picked up an entire van load and delivered them to businesses, individuals, and churches. It was a great feeling to be able to brighten someone’s day with an unexpected arrival of some Christmas cheer. The holiday flower delivery is becoming a very merry tradition on my part!
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OVIEDO, Fla. — Instead of asking church members for donations, one local congregation is giving money away. Members of First Baptist Church in Oviedo were told to pay it forward instead of pocketing the cash. The church gave out $25,000 to its members. Each person was given an envelope containing $10, $20 or $100.
The church had two rules: The recipient couldn’t spend the money on themselves, and they couldn’t return it to the offering plate. Members said they’ve been giving the money to perfect strangers who could use some help.
One church member got a surprise when he gave his $10 to a waitress. “I started to explain what our church was doing, and before I could finish, she said, ‘Is it the church in Oviedo?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘I’ve already had two other people give me money because of what your church is doing,” church member Dan Byrd said.
The church is hoping to inspire people to perform random acts of kindness more often.
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Sunday, May 3, 2009.
Today in church the crowd was average and seemed to fill the sanctuary nicely. However back in the back sat this petite older lady all alone. I don’t think I’ve seen her there before, or maybe just hadn’t noticed her there before.
She was sitting towards the back in a row all by herself. I walked back to her row and said hello. I asked her politely if anyone else was sitting with her and asked if I could join her. We chatted and she seemed to enjoy the service. I hope she comes back again soon.
Sunday, April 19, 2009.
Today before church service I was able to take some extra time and help one of our new praise band members with some of the music for the service. Spending the extra time helped him to feel more at ease and comfortable playing the songs.
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