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BE KIND AND FEEL FREE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION

By Gurpreet Kaur . 22nd September 2018 12:30pm
BE KIND AND FEEL FREE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND DEPRESSION

Scientists say that showing kindness and compassion towards others can help in getting rid of depression and also helps in increasing the life satisfaction. One of the leading universities of the world has suggested that even the meanest and the most unkind person can also benefit if they behave compassionately towards others. Approximately 640 people were involved in a study conducted by a university. The purpose of the study was to track the online compassion training. The participants involved in the study were in their mid-30s and were asked to take an online compassion intervention exercises including a control condition. They were requested to finish their assigned task and report back through an online platform every day for 21 days. After 60 days, the disagreeable participants who showed kindness and compassion in close relationships had felt great in terms of less depression and an increase in life satisfaction. One of the scientists who conducted the study said, "As a result of their hostility and lack of cooperation, disagreeable types risk getting rejected or ostracised. There is a lot of conflict in their relationships, and they suffer the consequences,” said Myriam Mongrain, a professor at York. “We found that providing concrete suggestions to those individuals, giving them ways in which they could express empathic concern in their close relationships was tremendously helpful." The study was easy to execute and implement and was very easy to administer worldwide. In another exercise, the participants were asked to meditate for 10 minutes daily, and recall the phrase, 'May You Be Happy' or 'May You Be Safe'. The exercise was basically to benefit the participants as a group. But while studying the disagreeable participants, the researchers found that it was the act of kindness that was the most helpful for this group. Researchers also say that the result could have impacted the social scientists, policymakers, psychology researchers and health practitioners directly. Application of compassion interventions could contribute to a better and a more humane and a kind society.