Doing Good Deeds Can Be Good For Your Health
Two Canadian researchers, Jennifer Trew and Lynn Alden, believe that they have found a new way to help people who are socially anxious. They believe that being busy with acts of kindness can help people who suffer from social anxiety to mingle more easily.
The study, published in Springer’s journal Motivation and Emotion, had 115 students with social anxiety split into three groups. One group performed acts of kindness, the second group was only exposed to social interactions and was not asked to engage in such deeds, and the third group participated in no specific intervention and simply recorded what happened each day.
The group that did good deeds for those around them weren't as likely to avoid social situations.
“Acts of kindness may help to counter negative social expectations by promoting more positive perceptions and expectations of a person’s social environment,” explains Trew. “It helps to reduce their levels of social anxiety and, in turn, makes them less likely to want to avoid social situations.”
Not only does doing good deeds help people who are socially anxious, but it also helps those who they are helping!
H/T PSY Post