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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Friday, December 25, Day 12, Act 138:
Merry Christmas everyone!
Today as we all celebrated Christmas and spending time with friends and family, eating, opening presents, etc.; we have to take the time to remember those not able to partake of all the festivities. So my parents and I took some Christmas dinner down to my grandmother who just came home from the hospital and spent the afternoon with her. She got to open her presents, had a wonderful Christmas dinner, and enjoyed spending time with her family!
This ends the Twelve Days of Kindness coinciding with the Twelve Days of Christmas. I hope your twelve days was a wonderful journey too. Continue on your kindness deeds and please share them with us on the blog. Thanks.
Merry Christmas and have a Blessed New Year!
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Wednesday, December 23, Day 10, Act 136:
Today my grandmother got to come home from the hospital. She had been in the skilled nursing unit (rehab therapy) for about 2 weeks. What a great Christmas present for her to be able to come home for Christmas to spend time with her family. I went over to her house and met her and my parents for a welcome home celebration for her return!
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Monday, December 21, Day 8, Act 134:
After our big snow was finished this weekend, the driveway, sidewalk, and steps were covered. I got up early on my first day completely off from work and went out to shovel the driveway, walkway, and steps. I wanted to make sure that the no one would have any trouble walking or driving in the driveway to our house. Besides, I would hate to be sued on Christmas from my mailman or even my wife, after me neglecting to shovel snow and clear an easily accessible path. Ha, ha, ha, ha.
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Sunnyvale, CA -based Yahoo! has launched a new site to rally its audience of some 600 million people into random acts of kindness. Timed to coincide with December holidays, the site encourages users to post activities, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or helping an elderly neighbor. Once an activity is posted, the user asks, “You in?” to inspire others to do likewise.
“We believe that one small act of kindness can ignite a ripple of generosity and we hope to inspire the Yahoo! community to create a wave of goodwill around the world,” said Meg Garlinghouse, senior director of Yahoo! for Good. “Update your status to share what you’re doing to spread holiday joy and inspire others to also pay it forward.”
Just launched, the site already has a fair amount of content with people posting text and images. You can find the site at kindness.yahoo.com pictues can be uploaded to Yahoo! owned Flickr, or users may visit Yodel Anecdotal.
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