Acts of Kindness Can Bolster Students’ Health and Wellness » Mortgage Masters Group
25332
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-25332,single-format-standard,bridge-core-1.0.5,qode-page-transition-enabled,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-child-theme-ver-1.0.0,qode-theme-ver-28.5,qode-theme-bridge,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.7.0,vc_responsive

Acts of Kindness Can Bolster Students’ Health and Wellness

A hand handing a heart to another hand representing small acts of kindness

Study Finds Small Acts of Kindness Can Bolster Students’ Health and Wellness

 

A small act of kindness can go a long way, say researchers, towards bolstering student health and wellness.

Dr. John-Tyler Binfet and Dr. Sally Stewart at the University of British Columbia recently published a study that explores how the inclusion of a kindness assignment in an undergraduate course impacted student perceptions of themselves, their peers, and their campus.

While there have been several studies that have assessed the effects of kindness on wellbeing, there has been limited research into how university-aged students understand and enact kindness, says Dr. Binfet.

Thousands of university students returned to class across Canada in September, and Dr. Binfet notes that while living in the times of COVID-19 every act of kindness goes a long way.

“We know being kind yields a number of wellbeing benefits, such as stress reduction, happiness and peer acceptance, and we know mental health impacts learning,” says Dr. Binfet.

“The post-secondary environment is often the last training ground to prepare students for life so we want to understand how we can prepare students for optimal mental health as adults.”

For the study, volunteer students provided self-reports to determine the extent they see themselves as kind in online and face-to-face interactions, and how connected they felt to their peers and the campus. The students were then asked to plan and complete five kind acts for one week.

The participants completed 353 kind acts with the main themes of helping others, giving, demonstrating appreciation and communicating. Students that completed at least three of the five planned acts of kindness self-reported significantly higher scores of in-person kindness and peer connectedness.

“This research can help students realize that there is evidence behind how and why people are kind, and that kindness does impact health and wellbeing,” says Dr. Stewart. “It also has an incredible impact for teaching in higher education as it provides insight into where students are at with their practice and understanding of kindness in order to build the groundwork for inclusion of this topic within educational practices and course content areas.”

While there are on-campus wellbeing resources available to students at most post-secondary schools, this research demonstrates that by including wellbeing initiatives into coursework, it’s easier for more students to engage in those activities and receive benefits without added effort. The study also demonstrated that a curriculum-based kindness intervention would be well received by students.

“We found that the students loved the assignment,” says Dr. Stewart of the study, published in Journal of Further and Higher Education. “For some, it helped them realize that kindness is a skill that they can learn to do better and that there are many ways to be kind. For others, it helped them realize that they already do kind things. It reinforced their desire and intention of doing more kind acts.”

For years, Dr. Binfet’s research has focused on elevating the discussion of kindness, and he has previously completed studies on how children and adolescents perceive and enact kindness.

“With this research, we now see alignment in how university students and school-age participants define kindness—to them it means actions that can improve the lives of others. Often, it’s simple things such as being polite and helping others,” says Dr. Binfet.

Source: University of British Columbia



CALL NOW 772-340-4003

Port St Lucie Mortgages, VA Home Loans & Mortgage Refinancing throughout the Treasure Coast and all of Florida

Port Saint Lucie • Fort Pierce • Sebastian • Stuart • Vero Beach • Sewall's Point • Palm City • Jensen Beach • Hobe Sound • Lakewood Park • Port Salerno • Fort Pierce South • White City • North River Shores • & serving all the great state of Florida

Palm Beach Mortgages, VA Home Loans & Mortgage Refinancing throughout Palm Beach County and all of Florida

West Palm Beach • Boca Raton • Boynton Beach • Delray Beach • Wellington • Jupiter • Palm Beach Gardens • Greenacres • Lake Worth • Royal Palm Beach • Riviera Beach • Palm Springs • Belle Glade • North Palm Beach • Lantana • Palm Beach • Lake Park • Pahokee • Tequesta • South Bay • & serving all the great state of Florida

Broward Mortgages, VA Home Loans & Mortgage Refinancing throughout Broward County and all of Florida

Fort Lauderdale • Pembroke Pines • Hollywood • Miramar • Coral Springs • Pompano Beach • Davie • Plantation • Sunrise • Deerfield Beach • Lauderhill • Weston • Tamarac • Margate • Coconut Creek • Oakland Park • North Lauderdale • Hallandale Beach • Lauderdale Lakes • Dania Beach • & serving all the great state of Florida

Miami Mortgages, VA Home Loans & Mortgage Refinancing throughout Miami-Dade County and all of Florida

Miami • Hialeah • Miami Gardens • Miami Beach • Homestead • North Miami • Coral Gables • Doral • North Miami Beach • Cutler Bay • Aventura • Miami Lakes • Palmetto Bay • Hialeah Gardens • Sunny Isles Beach • Pinecrest • Opa-locka • Miami Springs • Sweetwater • Key Biscayne • & serving all the great state of Florida

Florida Mortgages, VA Home Loans & Mortgage Refinancing throughout all the great state of Florida

Jacksonville • Tampa • St. Petersburg • Orlando • Tallahassee • Cape Coral • Gainesville • Clearwater • Lakeland • Deltona • Largo • Melbourne • Fort Myers • Daytona Beach • Kissimmee • North Port • Ocala • Port Orange • Sanford • Pensacola • & serving all the great state of Florida