Kindness Research

Is kindness science? It can be! There is some evidence that being kind can make a real difference to the well-being and health of individuals who practice it and receive it. Find the latest kindness research here.


Three Strategies for Bringing More Kindness into Your Life

One of the best ways to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity...

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Kindness Breeds More Kindness

A great article written by Brandon Keim for about a study that shows that random acts of kindness really do lead to others doing...

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Elation: The Amazing Effect of Witnessing Acts of Kindness

Why do we have peak experiences when we see people being kind to each other?

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Can kindness movements make a difference? (BBC News)

Another great article written by Sam Judah for BBC News Magazine about kindness "movements" and what differences they can...

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Can we teach kindness? (BBC News Article)

A great article written by Sam Judah for BBC News Magazine about the benefits of teaching kindness skills to others—if it's...

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A report on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

In recent years, a promising new approach to school improvement has steadily gained traction amoung the nation's educators, premised on the...

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Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

A great article in the New York Times by Jennifer Kahn that explores how kids develop empathy and emotional awareness.

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Teaching Kindness in Schools—An Update

One of the overarching goals of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) is to help schools build and sustain a positive school environment...

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A Quick Primer on SEL and PBIS

Have you heard the acronym "SEL" or the abbreviation "PBIS" and wondered what they were? They stand for Social and Emotional...

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Brain Can Be Trained In Compassion

An interesting article written for the University of Wisconsin Madison about a new study that shows that we can be trained to feel compassion...

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End of Year Report for our Teaching Kindness in the Classroom Pilot Program

One of the overarching goals of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) is to help schools build and sustain a positive school environment...

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Babies help unlock the origins of morality

It's a question people have asked for as long as there have been people: are human beings inherently good? Are we born with a sense of...

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Acts of Kindness: Key to Happiness for Children & Teens

Most parents and teachers want children to be happy. To that end, parents find themselves doing things for kids to make them happy,...

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Random Acts Of Kindness Can Make Kids More Popular

In the aftermath of Christmas, a parent could be forgiven for thinking that materialism has trumped human kindness. Take heart....

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Random Acts of Kindness: Teaching Kindness in Schools

Does Kindness matter? UPDATE: Read the Spark Policy Institute's 2012-13 end of year report report

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Is Technology Killing Kindness?

We all know to limit screen time for our kids, but an...

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Nice Guys Finish First

New York Times Op-ed columnist David Brooks writes on why, scientifically, nice guys can and do finish first.

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Acts of Kindness Relieves Stress

Read this article by Lauren E. Miller to learn more about how random acts of kindness and...

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Positive Action Program Improves Student Behavior and Test Scores

A study by Oregon State University researchers found that Positive Action, a program that teaches social and emotional skills and character...

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The Hidden Power of Smiling

In this TED Talk video, Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of Health Tap, reviews a raft of...

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

Need a little inspiration? Read Jen Angel's article in Yes Magazine titled

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Forget Survival of the Fittest: It Is Kindness That Counts

In this article in Scientific American, a...

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Lessons From an Unabashed Optimist

This article by Cheryl Strayed offers some wonderful...

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Be Happy!

Need some motivation? Need a little zap of happiness? Check out

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The Human Thriving Foundation

The Human Thriving Foundation was initiated in 2009 to disseminate the findings, the discoveries, as well as the innovations...

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The Biology Behind the Milk of Human Kindness

Above all, be thankful for your brain’s supply of oxytocin, the small, celebrated peptide hormone that, by the looks of it, helps...

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Are we wired for kindness?

Recent scientific evidence has found that surprisingly, our...

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‘Pay It Forward’ Pays Off

UC San Diego and Harvard deliver first experimental...

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Random Acts of Kindness Help Mental Health

Studies show that practicing random acts of kindness improves your overall mental health in addition to benefiting the ones you gift.

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