Helping others can improve health and well-being.
Researchers from The University of Hong Kong found a modest – yet significant – association between prosocial behavior and enhanced mental and physical health. Published in Psychological Bulletin, an American academic journal, the study involved over 198,000 participants and analyzed 201 independent studies. It was determined that people who performed kind acts every day experienced small but meaningful connections. Furthermore, random acts of kindness were deemed more impactful for overall well-being than formal, charitable activities, such as a scheduled volunteering event. The study’s lead author, Dr. Bryant P.H. Hui, commented, “…altruism, cooperation, trust and compassion are all necessary ingredients of a harmonious and well-functioning society. It is part of the shared culture of humankind….” Well done, Dr. Bryant P.H. Hui and fellow researchers, on this fascinating study. In God’s love, may engaging in kind deeds for others be foundational among all of us for a happier world.