The Case for Kind­ness

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

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.

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