Kindness! by David R Hamilton

Kindness! by David R Hamilton

We’re hearing so much about the coronavirus and how contagious it is. Did you know that the most contagious thing is actually kindness? It’s been tested scientifically. Scientists at Harvard and Yale measured the contagiousness of kindness out to three social steps. That is, when you be kind to someone, that person will be kind or kinder to someone else (1 social step), because of how you made the person feel, and the recipient of that kindness will be kind or kinder to someone else (2 social steps), and the recipient of that kindness will be kind or kinder to someone else (3 social steps). In practice, the contagiousness of kindness is ‘circular’, like the way a wave travels outwards in a circle when you drop a pebble in water. So what happens actually is that the person you are kind to is actually kind or kinder to 5 people over the course of the next 24 hours (1 social step), and each of those 5 people are kind or kinder to 5 people over the next 24 hours (2 social steps), and each of those 5 are kind or kinder to 5 people (3 social steps). This is due to the typical number of interactions people have. That’s 5 x 5 x 5 = 125 people benefitting from a single act of kindness. Each time you are kind, you really are impacting far more people than just the person you help!!! Kindness is much more contagious that any virus. Love,

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