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Random Acts of Kindness

A study from The University of Texas at Austin found that random acts of kindness are rare, but have even greater impacts on the recipient than previously known. The givers of the acts of kindness often underestimate the power of their actions, which prevents people from frequently practicing the behavior. UT Austin’s study consisted of various experiments that tested people’s moods after receiving an act of kindness. Givers of acts assumed that the recipient’s mood would be a 2.7 out of 5 post-act of kindness, while the participants reported an average mood rating of 3.5. The experiments found that random acts of kindness are contagious— people are more likely to pass on the generosity to another person if they receive an act of kindness themselves. Here’s your sign: practice acts of kindness, they mean more than you think!

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