How Performing Acts of Kindness Helps You Fight Depression
New research shows that acts of kindness can help those suffering from the symptoms of depression and anxiety feel good and heal. Depression and anxiety is now an increasingly discussed topic in the medical sector as there is a spike in the rate of people showing symptoms of the disorder. However, a new study has confirmed that acts of kindness will likely help those suffering from this terrible illness to heal from it. The research showed that someone suffering from the above illness could get healing when they help others in need. It is one of the effective therapeutic techniques used to treat depression or anxiety now. [caption id="attachment_17648" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Our World in Data[/caption] The study co-author David Cregg, who led the work as part of his Ph.D. dissertation in psychology at The Ohio State University, said that acts of kindness helped those who are suffering from depression and anxiety feel more connected with the world. Most times, lack of connection or feeling of love from people often makes people fall into depression and anxiety. David Cregg highlighted that social connection would greatly help to treat a patient with the following mental illnesses. "Social connection is one of the ingredients of life most strongly associated with well-being. Performing acts of kindness seem to be one of the best ways to promote those connections," David Cregg said. Jennifer Cheavens, professor of psychology at Ohio State, was the one who met with David Cregg to conduct this research on the cure for depression and anxiety. Their breakthrough research was jointly published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.