Archive for January 25th, 2013
Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier
Performing small acts of kindness and gratitude can make people happier, researchers believe, but how this occurs is more of a puzzle. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, has studied happiness for more than 20 years. She and others know that positive activities boost positive emotions, thoughts and behavior, in turn improving well-being. Now, how people can deliberately change their thinking and practices to bliss out to the max is her focus. “I have evidence that the dosage of an activity is important,” she said. Reviewing past studies on happiness, including some of her own research, Lyubomirsky concluded there is no single prescription for happiness-boosting acts of kindness. Variety, frequency and motivation all play a role, she said. How often you perform the behaviors influences happiness, Lyubomirsky found, but not always in the way you may think. Studying the effect of counting your blessings... Continue Reading