In the final scene of Middlemarch, George Eliot famously wrote of the impact of small unhistoric acts, and as it turns out this seems to be true. According to new research every act of random kindness generates three in return. For the study at the University of California, researchers devised a game in which the players had to chose between giving money to other players or not, with no obvious gain from giving the money. They found that a player who had been on the recieving end of a generous play went on to show similar good will to three other players on average. So one person’s generosity spreads to three, those three will go on to show kindness to three people and so on, creating a domino effect. However, players that were shown shelfishness went on to be selfish to others too.
So it would seem that we can either keep going downhill, and be generally selfish and miserable (has anyone looked at other drivers on the road lately, particularly in the south east?) and thus spread this like a cold to others, or we can start to spread a little joy. So let someone out at that junction, open a door for someone, offer a lift to the person walking away from the supermarket with lots of bags. Chances are it will come back to you, and times three!!
I know that this blog is slightly off the beaten track, but as personal trainers we do have to look after clients’ well-being, so I think that this is relevant!