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Positive Psychology: How does performing the act of kindness assist in improving short term well-being and stress management in the workplace?

25 June 2014

The overall purpose of the project is to investigate the degree to which the act of kindness will provide short term increases in well-being and alleviation of stress. As well as considering the extent to which individuals that show high levels of the character strength kindness will benefit from performing kind acts.

You will complete a questionnaire which covers kindness, life satisfaction, stress, compassion, extroversion and social desirability. The questionnaire may take around 10 minutes. At the end of the questionnaire you will be randomly assigned one of two possible tasks, either to perform an act of kindness or to intentionally start a conversation each day at work for one week. More details will be provided at the final stage. At the end of the week you will be asked to complete the stress and life satisfaction questions again. When all of the study has been completed you will be informed of the research findings.

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