by Cheryl Moreo

kindness is contagious

Kindness is Contagious – Inspire Others To Pay It Forward

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Kindness is contagious”?

Based on truth, most sayings like this have become widely known. Research has found scientific evidence that kindness can spread in various ways. You have surely experienced or witnessed instances in which someone has paid it forward or a movement has spread based on one person’s good deed. In today’s post, I would like to explore this concept further and show you how far-reaching the idea of helping others can be.

How Both the Giver and Receiver Benefit

Everyone benefits from random acts of kindness. The giver feels good and gets that “helper’s high” from going out of their way to brighten someone’s day. The recipient enjoys the surprise of an unsolicited positive outreach. We all appreciate it when someone is kind to us. These good feelings create a cycle because those involved want to continue feeling good. The giver gets a rush from helping someone and is often motivated to give in various ways. The recipient wants to share the good feeling they have just gained. They may feel obligated to “pay it forward,” but they know they will also experience a reward.

Observers Experience Benefits, Too

You can benefit even if you are not directly part of an act of kindness. A phenomenon known as “moral elevation” ensures good deeds spread. Hearing about an act of kindness or a feel-good story triggers the peripheral and central nervous systems, making you feel good with positive feelings. The high or euphoric feeling you then get motivates you to want to do something good, as well, as perpetuating the pay-it-forward cycle.

Evidence in Social Learning Theory

Social learning theory is the study of how groups interact. The core principle is that people will behave in similar ways to which they see those in their peer group or how their families behave. It is the “monkey sees, monkey does” or “birds of a feather” philosophy. Therefore, children who grow up in a family where kindness and compassion are the norms are more likely to display those traits. When teachers demonstrate and emphasize a core philosophy of doing good to their students, this standard will be the precedent in the class. Kindness is contagious when groups continually perform such behavior.

In Summary

Remember, “kindness is contagious.” You can make a difference in your small corner of the world by merely performing random acts of kindness. Science and centuries of anecdotal evidence back this up. Be the change you wish to see and encourage the people around you to do good deeds. You will begin to see an impact.

For even more information, visit the Random Acts of Kindness website.

I hope you have enjoyed this 7-Day Mini Random Acts of Kindness. Don’t forget, “Kindness is Contagious.”

  1. Why Do Random Acts of Kindness Matter
  2. Examples of Random Acts of Kindness to Inspire You
  3. Did You Do A Random Act of Kindness Today?
  4. Performing Random Acts of Kindness
  5. Large-Scale Random Acts of Kindness
  6. How You Can Make a Difference

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