Being nice makes us happy, and it’s contagious

Nice people are not always considered. We take advantage of them, we look at them almost with pity, letting out a condescending “oh, he’s nice”. Worse still, we invoke the law of the jungle and social Darwinism, the need to be tough in difficult times, the “give and take”… In an increasingly individualistic context, selfless acts of kindness are rarely appreciated at their fair value. And yet, they could be one of the very ordinary keys to everyday happiness. An American study has just dissected these attentions, benevolent gestures and other services rendered without compensation and, surprise, their effects would go much further than we think. What make us want to become real nice people.

Kindness makes at least two people happy: the person who benefits from an action in its favor, but also the person who is the author. Until what point ? “Even though they often increase happiness, acts of kindness, such as driving a friend in need or bringing food to a sick relative, can be quite rare because people underestimate how actions make their beneficiaries feel good”sums up the University of Texas at Austin.

Amit Kumar, who teaches marketing at the college, and Nicholas Epley, a behavioral psychologist and social cognition specialist from the University of Chicago, conducted a series of experiments to better understand

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