Acts of kindness and acts of novelty affect life satisfaction

Author: Buchanan, K.E.; Bardi, A.

Description: The present experiment was designed to establish the effects of acts of kindness and acts of novelty on life satisfaction. Participants aged 18-60 took part on a voluntary basis. They were randomly assigned to perform either acts of kindness, acts of novelty, or no acts on a daily basis for 10 days. Their life satisfaction was measured before and after the 10-day experiment. As expected, performing acts of kindness or acts of novelty resulted in an increase in life satisfaction.

Subject headings: Adolescent; Adult; Altruism; Exploratory Behavior; Female; Habituation, Psychophysiologic; Happiness; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Personal Satisfaction; Young Adult; Kindness

Publication year: 2010

Journal or book title: The Journal of Social Psychology

Volume: 150

Issue: 3

Pages: 235-237

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Type: Journal Article

Serial number: 367