An Act Of Kindness

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In Flourish, Dr. Martin Seligman tells us:

“We scientists have found that doing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”

Again: “doing an act of kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”

Sometimes and especially when things get tough we need to be extra kind to others and ourselves.

Recently at work, I was having an awful day and someone made a bid for my attention. They asked if I could help them troubleshoot a technical problem.

My first thought was I didn’t have time to help them as I was busy trying to help myself but I remembered the science of acts of kindness so I spent a few extra minutes helping them resolve their technical problem.

After solving their problem they expressed a ton of gratitude for my effort and I of course felt much happier. Yay, for leaning into positive psychology research.

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