Kindness Intervention

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Happiness is an aspect of an individual that can change daily. The intervention assignment is motivated by the assumption that subjective happiness has the possibility of increasing by doing a specific behaviour that is known to cause happiness. For this second intervention, I have decided to do acts of kindness for three days.
Numerous past studies, including those conducted by Layous, Nelson, Oberle, Schonert-Reichl, and Lyubomirsky (2012), Kerr, O’Donovan, and Pepping (2014), and Otake, Shimai, Tanaka-Matsumi, Otsui, and Fredrickson have indicated that participating in acts of kindness can lead to increased levels of happiness and well-being. Layous et al. (2012) had 415 participants from the Vancouver School District, aged nine to 11. The children were randomly assigned to either a kindness condition where they had to do three acts of
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They also had to rate the intensity of their kindness on a 7-point Likert scale, 1 being somewhat and 7 being extremely. Additionally, they had to complete a Positive and Negative Affect Schedule scale (PANAS). Kerr et al. (2014) decided to include kindness related words—kind, compassionate, and considerate—in the PANAS scale to test for the influence kindness had. Results show that the participants did about 2.5 acts of kindness per day and the intensity of their acts had a mean of 4.5/7. Overall, participants showed a greater degree of life satisfaction compared to those in the control group. Lastly, Otake et al. (2006) also found that by counting acts of kindness for one week, people appeared to be happier and more grateful. There was a total of 119 women in the study, all enrolled in a psychology class at Kobe College in Japan. Control and intervention groups were not from the same course. Participants were asked to track the number of acts of kindness performed daily. To test if kindness affected happiness, the
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