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The Psychological Importance of Kindness

"Three things in life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind." (Henry James) As we all know the topic of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Kindness. A topic which has special importance in human life in general and has become even more relevant in the past few months during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Being kind to others and ourselves is something we experience the need for now maybe more than usual. As written in the introduction of the Mental Health Foundation’s website: “Kindness is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.” But w hat lies behind its importance? What can be said about kindness through the lens of psychology?    What is behind the importance of kindness Kindness has become a major topic in psychology and several types of research are focusing on its characteristics alongside associations spreading the word about its power. The current attention on the topic could be a resul
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