March 22, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Feeling Anxious? Being Kind Can Change That

Rather than focusing on ways to lift your own anxiety, focus on wishing others well. New research suggests that could do the trick.
“Walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection,” says Douglas Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University. “It’s a simple strategy that doesn’t take a lot of time that you can incorporate into your daily activities.”
Researchers tested the benefits of three different techniques intended to reduce anxiety and increase happiness or well-being. They did this by having college students walk around a building for 12 minutes and practice one of the following strategies:…
Source: The Epoch Times