Acts of kindness make kids happy, popular: Study

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Scientists claim that children who perform deliberate acts of kindness to their peers are more popular, according to new research.

A team led by researchers at the University of California, Riverside gave children three acts of kindness each week for four weeks and after the four weeks, children were happier and more liked by classmates. The researchers say than encouraging such simple "positive acts" could help children to get along with classmates and even prevent instances of bullying.

Working with 400 school children aged between nine and 11, the team assigned whole classrooms either to perform and note down three kind acts per week or - as a control group - to keep a diary of three locations they visited each week. Dr Kristin Layous from UC Riverside tells the BBC, "The most interesting finding to me is that a simple positive activity can promote positive relationships among peers. I was not completely surprised that students increased in happiness, because we have found the same effects in adults. I was surprised that a simple activity could change the dynamics of a well-established classroom.

"This study was conducted in the spring, so students had already known each other all year. For them to nominate more peers at the end of a four-week activity period is promising."


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