How long this practice takes you will vary depending on which strategy you choose, but make it a goal to follow one of these strategies at least once a month.
HOW TO DO IT
Below are three different strategies that are effective at encouraging kindness and generosity. You can try them individually or in combination with one another. Click on the link at the end of each strategy for more detailed instructions on how to perform it.
There are many different creative ways that you can put these principles into practice. We encourage you to share your experience with them in the Comments & Reviews section below.
1 .Create reminders of connectedness.
2 Put a human face on a problem.
3 Encourage identification with “outgroup” members.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRY IT
Research suggests that humans have a strong propensity for kindness and generosity, and that kindness improves the health and happiness of the giver, not only of the receiver. We’ll often be kind to others even at a cost or risk to ourselves--the definition of altruism. But we don't always act on our altruistic instincts—barriers can get in the way.
Fortunately, studies have also identified ways to overcome these barriers to altruism. Here we outline three research-based strategies for eliciting altruism from yourself or others.