For those who struggle with social anxiety, just the thought of getting out of the house and interacting with others can be a cause of stress. If this is you, recent research shows how you can take an active role to defeat your anxiety: Perform random acts of kindness.
In the study, researchers from the University of British Columbia were interested in whether performing acts of kindness would reduce social anxiety. The study divided 146 participants, who had scored high on an assessment for social anxiety, into three groups.
One group was assigned to perform acts of kindness.
Members of the second group were simply told to be more social with other people.
The third group was the control group; members were merely asked to keep a diary of their social interactions.
The researchers found that those who performed random acts of kindness experienced reduced social anxiety.
“If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”