Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Would have never know this

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Every now and then I stumble across a news article reporting the results of “new and startling research” in which I share a tongue-in-cheek blogflection about it, and that’s what I’m doing today.

The latest “new research” is that seeing someone else do a good deed appears to inspire you to do the same by making you feel uplifted. What an amazing discovery! Findings of this research will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.

Researchers from the Association for Psychological Science report that “the positive, uplifting emotion that makes people feel good and may inspire them to help others is known as elevation.”

Here’s their million dollar conclusion: “by eliciting elevation, even brief exposure to other individuals’ prosocial behavior motivates altruism, thus potentially providing an avenue for increasing the general level of prosociality in society.”

Well my dumbfounded response to this new research is to thank these research fellows because I would have never known this.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

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