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Experts say when we do something kind, it causes others to be kind, creating a cascading effect.

4. Experts say when we do something kind, it causes others to be kind, creating a cascading effect.

A: True

According to researchers Fowler and Christakis, kindness spreads. They have determined there is a mimicry process at work.  Watching others engaged in acts of kindness, or knowing that they have done so, tends to inspire us to be kind.

Here is an inspiring video on how it works that was filmed in Red Bank, N.J., and an article about a not-so-random act of kindness.

 


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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 5 May 2012
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APA Reference
Tomasulo, D. (2012). What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 20, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/05/05/what-do-you-know-about-being-happy-the-positive-psychology-quiz/

 

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