The Case for Kindness
Thinking positively may boost your health. An Iowa State University study found that college students who walked around for 12 minutes thinking kind thoughts about the people they passed reported more happiness, lower anxiety, and greater empathy than students who didn’t. “Theoretically, anyone who does this should experience some benefit; it makes us feel connected and prompts positive emotions, which can lower stress and translate to improved well-being,” says Dawn M. Sweet, Ph.D., an assistant professor at the University of Idaho and the study author. Next time you take a walk, pay attention to passersby and mentally send them positive vibes.