Headline Feb 14, 2016/ ''' JUST GREAT TO BE KIND '''


NOT SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION of the 1930s has the world been in such a disarray,  -financial, joblessness, terrorism, extremism, and hopelessness swirl the world.

Here in Asia we have terrible and overwhelming poverty, political instability and natural disasters to add to our ever growing woes.

But instead of letting all these bad news, perceptions, grim realities become paralysing,  !WOW!  -the World Students Society is determined to fight back with the greatest weapon yet : Kindness 

Communities thrive when their members are kind, and the spirit can be passed on. This got me thinking. It would be every hard for find a more engaged, caring community than !WOW!.

The first historic conceptual host, Pakistan -and the Pakistani students must understand that the world gyrates to Sam Daily Times, to be uplifted by the goodness of our fellow students/humans...

Merium, Rabo, Halema, Aqsa, Dee, Malala [Nobel Prize], Sarah-, Paras, Sorat, Saima,

Vishnu/India, Toby/China, Shazaib, Jordan,Salar, Bilal/US, Reza/Canada, Ali, Hussain, Noman, Mustafa, Ehsan, Aremeen'LUMS/ Sanan/MAJU, Hamza, Eman, Ibrahim, Armeen, Faizan, Hassaan, Zaeem, Hazeem, Ghazi, Nina, Tooba, Mayna, Haanyia, and  Merium.      

PROFESSOR *SAM*  BOWLES  from the Santa Fe Institute in the US analysed ancient societies and found that-

KINDNESS was a key component of the survival of communities. ''Groups with many altruists tend to survive,'' he says. ''Altruists cooperate and contribute to the well being of fellow group members.''

In other words, we have an in-built capacity to help others, especially those close to us, to ensure the survival of our community.

Research shows kindness can also make us happier. Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky from the University of California asked participants in a study to perform random acts of kindness over ten weeks. She found happiness increased over the study period, although there was a catch:

People who performed a wide variety of kind acts  -holding the door open for a stranger, doing a  flatmate's dishes-  reported much higher levels of happiness, even one month after the study ended, than people who performed one act of kindness repeatedly.

It makes no difference to your happiness, if you help a loved one or a stranger, but it may have different results. ''A small, anonymous act might make you feel like like a very good person,'' says Professor Lyubominrsky. ''But a big act of kindness towards someone you know may have social consequences: you might meet a new friend, or be generously thanked.''

So paying for a stranger's coffee, may give you a temporary buzz, but helping an elderly neighbour to shop may help you forge a better relationship.

Kindness is good for you in other ways. Professor Stephen Post, author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People, has examined the evidence that being kind is good for your health.

A study of  2016 church members found those who regularly helped others had better mental health and lower rates of depression. Other studies found helpful people were less likely to fall ill from chronic diseases, and tended to have better immune system.

''A strong correlation exists between the well-being, happiness and health of people who are kind,'' says Professor Stephen Post.

Kindness can help regulate emotions, which has a positive impact on our health. If our  in-built  ''fight or flight''  response becomes overactive due to stress, it affects our cardiovascular system and weakens the body's immunity.

''It's difficult to be angry, resentful, or fearful when one is showing  unselfish love towards another person,'' says Professor Post.

Kindness can be a virtue, but that doesn't mean it's easy.  Diego Villaveces decided to start performing random acts of kindness for strangers, inspired by someone who had lived a very difficult life, but despite this was able to maintain his generosity towards others.''

Villaveces gave out free movie vouchers, dinners and books to strangers in the street, but he got some odd reactions. ''Some people act really puzzled,'' he says. ''A lot of people are uncomfortable getting a gift from a stranger.. 

Some people actually give it back and said, ''I don't want your kindness.'' It was something I had to learn to deal with as a regular giver, and to respect that.''

Villaveces, 38, who works in marketing and lives in Sydney with his wife and children, gives out a card with each random act of of kindness. It asks the recipients to pass on good deed to someone else.

''I decided I wanted to do something more for humanity,'' he says. ''Kindness can create a significant wave of change around you.''

He set up the www.pifaustralia.org website, to track the progress of the cards, but admits that so far the response has been modest. ''I thought it would be easier to get people to participate, but that's also part of the challenge, and I embrace that.''

It's also fair to say as Villaveces had discovered that there's some level of cynicism towards kindness:
''The label  ''do-gooder''  isn't a compliment. We all like the idea of being kind, but at the same time, don't always nice guys finish last? 

Acting from the goodness of your heart goes directly against the  ''survival of the fittest''  theory of evolution, which says that humans are driven to compete for existence quiet selfishly.

Back in 1968, the researcher Bibb Latane and John Darley discovered a phenomenon known as the  ''bystander effect'' : when someone needs help in a public place, they are less likely to receive help if there are more people around.

Researchers believe that the effect arises because everyone takes their cue from the crowd and assumes someone else will take responsibility.

In big cities may also feel unsafe interacting with strangers.

The Honour and Serving of  '' Life and Living Operational Research''  continues. Thank You for reading and sharing forward.

With respectful dedication to the Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all on !WOW!  -the World Students Society:

''' Kind To The Core '''

Good Night and God Bless

SAM Daily Times - the Voice of the Voiceless


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