Hey, kids, want to be more popular and happier in school? Then just be nicer.
That’s what researchers at the University of California discovered during a recent study. The researchers divided more than 400 kids ages 9 to 12 into two groups: One group performed “acts of kindness,” and the other kept track of pleasant places they visited each week. Kind acts included “gave someone some of my lunch” or “gave my mom a hug when she was stressed by her job.” Places visited included a baseball diamond, a shopping center and a grandparent’s house.