Written by Kristen Domonell.
With so much suffering in the world, it’s easy to feel helpless. But small acts of generosity can literally change lives, which is why “random acts of kindness” — or doing something nice for someone just because you can — now has its own week (February 12 to 18) and day (February 17).
Our advice: Make a life of it. Turns out, being kind will pay you back in the form of major health benefits.
“Kindness is the active form of compassion,” says James Doty, M.D., director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. “Instead of simply wanting to try to alleviate someone’s suffering, you’re actually doing something.”
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