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What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz

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.

What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz


Daniel Tomasulo, Ph.D.

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.


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Tomasulo, D. (2018). What Do You Know about Being Happy? The Positive Psychology Quiz. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 15, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/what-do-you-know-about-being-happy-the-positive-psychology-quiz/
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