Kindness is a good natural remedy for happiness

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The Dalai Lama sharing a message of kindness

It has been concluded by researchers that being kind to other people causes a small but nevertheless significant improvement in subjective well-being.

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In our troubled world it's often very difficult to find happiness. It appears a good way to achieve a greater degree of happiness naturally may be to be kind.

You may be a little happier if you are kind to other people

The University of Oxford reports that you may be a little happier if you are kind to other people. It has been concluded by researchers that there is a small but nevertheless significant improvement in subjective well being associated with being kind to other people.

It has been concluded that this effect is less than it is claimed to be in some pop-psychology articles. It has also been concluded that new research in the future may help to determine what particular kind acts are the most effective in nurturing happiness.

People are social animals who under some conditions are happy to help others

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It is suggested by the researchers that although your life may not be changed by performing acts of kindness doing so may nevertheless help point your life in a more positive direction. The research lead author Dr Oliver Scott Curry, who is from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, has commented that people are social animals who under some conditions are happy to help family, friends, and other people.

It appears from the research that people really do gain satisfaction from helping other people. This is likely to be because we genuinely care about the welfare of other people. Also random acts of kindness offer a good way to make new friends and start up supportive social relationships.

Being kind to other people may be a possible panacea for many social ills

Dr Curry says many groups have established an association between kindness and happiness. It seems that being kind to other people may be a possible panacea for many of the social ills which we are surrounded by such as social isolation and many serious mental and physical health conditions. This study has been published in the journal Open Science Framework..

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has often spoken on human compassion. He believes that it is the purpose of life to be happy. People want to avoid suffering and strive for happiness their entire lives. It is the feeling of the Dalai Lama that the most significant degree of inner tranquility is derived from the development of love and compassion. Our sense of well-being is improved depending on how much we care for the happiness of other people. Certainly in the search for happiness via sharing kindness we have a lot to learn from the Dalai Lama.

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