Acts of kindness will improve your mental health – Study

Acts of kindness will improve your mental health – StudyPerforming even minor, helpful acts, like holding a door open for someone, is an effective strategy for coping with common worries and strains and makes you feel better, according to researchers from Yale University.

The study, published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, used daily phone surveys to ask 77 adults about how stressful their day had been, and whether they had engaged in helpful behaviours such as holding a door open, helping with school work, or asked someone if they needed help.

Participants, who were all aged between 18 and 44, were then asked to rate their mental health according to two different metrics. The results showed that those who had done more helpful things – termed “pro-social behaviours” – had higher levels of daily positive emotion and better overall mental health.

Author Emily Ansell, from the Yale University School of Medicine, said: "Stressful days usually lead us to have a worse mood and poorer mental health, but our findings suggest that if we do small things for others, such as holding a door open for someone, we won't feel as poorly on stressful days."

Via: The Independent
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