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Acts of Kindness and Acts of Novelty Affect Life Satisfaction

Buchanan, Kathryn and Bardi, Anat (2010) 'Acts of Kindness and Acts of Novelty Affect Life Satisfaction.' The Journal of Social Psychology, 150 (3). 235 - 237. ISSN 0022-4545


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The present experiment was designed to establish the effects of acts of kindness and acts of novelty on life satisfaction. Participants aged 18–60 took part on a voluntary basis. They were randomly assigned to perform either acts of kindness, acts of novelty, or no acts on a daily basis for 10 days. Their life satisfaction was measured before and after the 10-day experiment. As expected, performing acts of kindness or acts of novelty resulted in an increase in life satisfaction.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 11:12
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 13:15

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