Then I tap into the nerd center of my brain and remember the bell curve. I'm sure you've seen this thing before
|You know you love it.|
I'm getting to my point, which isn't population statistics.
I came across an article on the psychology of good deeds. "Paying it Forward" if you will. The 2005 study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that people who did 5 random acts of kindness per week were happier than people who didn't. They experienced a "moral elevation" which makes us want to do more good deeds in order to continue with those warm fuzzy feelings.
|Image from the movie"Pay It Forward." What happened to that kid, anyway?|
A prime example of this are the parents of Jayden Lamb. Jayden was 9 years old when he passed away from cancer of the brain and spine. His parents created a Facebook page in his honor with the message to "Pay it Forward, Jayden Style." As of today, Jayden's page has almost 40,000 Likes. Their feed is full of stories of random acts of kindness from people all over the world. What is a devastating loss has been turned into a movement that not only improves our society, but our mental well-being too.
Go on over and check it out. I hope you can find a way to Pay it Forward this week.