Kindness matters – if a child wants to be happy and popular, researchers say.
Preteens assigned to do three acts of kindness a week found they were better liked than kids who were assigned to visit three places of their choice a week, the researchers from UC Riverside and the University of British Columbia wrote Wednesday in the journal PLoS One.
“Increasing peer acceptance is a critical goal, as it is related to a variety of important academic and social outcomes, including reduced likelihood of being bullied,” the researchers wrote.
They say it’s the first study to link performance of a simple helping behavior to an increase in popularity. Previous studies have shown that there’s a link between happy people and popular people, and that happy people are more likely to do helpful or kind things.