Parenting Tip: Children Find Happiness Through Kindness

An interesting study of children reinforces what many adults already know: treating others with kindness makes you feel good.

Indeed, it can actually lead to happiness, according to research published in the journal PLOS One.

Researchers from University of California, Riverside, found that children between the ages of 9 and 12 who performed acts of kindness were not only happier but also found greater acceptance among their peers.

Acts of kindness ranged from giving someone a hug when they were stressed to sharing their lunch. The study involved more than 400 students in that age group.

The study’s results have important implications for the classroom, the researchers said.

“Increasing peer acceptance is a critical goal related to a variety of important academic and social outcomes, including reduced likelihood of being bullied,” the authors said in a news release.

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