Kindness rewards the giver, too

The Columbus Dispatch:

Among the benefits of kindness is the positive psychological gain that occurs for both the giver and receiver.

When we see someone else help another person, it gives us a good feeling, which in turn causes us to go out and do something altruistic. Research has shown that generosity and kindness are contagious.

American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.”

Why do generosity and kindness have a positive psychological effect on people? Researchers think that kindness gives people a strong sense that they are doing something that matters.

According to Sonya Lyubomirsky, a Stanford University psychologist, “There are a lot of positive social consequences to being kind: Other people appreciate you, they’re grateful, and they might reciprocate.”

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