Lee Rowland's research while affiliated with University of Oxford and other places

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This experiment investigates the effects of a seven-day kindness activities intervention on changes in subjective happiness. The study was designed to test whether performing different types of kindness activities had differential effects on happiness. Our recent systematic review and meta-analysis of the psychological effects of kindness (Curry, e...
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Do acts of kindness improve the well-being of the actor? Recent advances in the behavioural sciences have provided a number of explanations of human social, cooperative and altruistic behaviour. These theories predict that people will be ‘happy to help’ family, friends, community members, spouses, and even strangers under some conditions. Here we c...
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Do acts of kindness improve the well-being of the actor? Recent advances in the behavioural sciences have provided a number of explanations of human social, cooperative and altruistic behaviour. These theories predict that people will be ‘happy to help’ family, friends, community members, spouses, and even strangers under some conditions. Here we c...

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... For example, acts of kindness, practicing gratitude, and spirituality are widely considered important for psychological health; however, in this study, these actions were not found to be as important as those relevant to the 5 factors. This lack of findings is broadly consistent with the results of empirical studies [53][54][55][56][57][58][59]. ...
... Prosocial acts have been shown to boost a number of mental states including life satisfaction, wellbeing, and psychological flourishing. These effects can last for several weeks or even months following the end of an intervention [10][11][12][13][14][15]. Evidence indicates that prosocial behaviors produce positive emotions and happiness even when performed at a distance, making them ideally suited to the current crisis [16][17][18]. ...
... The tasks were adapted from evidence-based positive psychology interventions e.g. best possible self (Carrillo et al., 2019;King, 2001), use of strengths (Martínez-Martí & Ruch, 2017;Niemiec, 2018Niemiec, , 2019Peterson & Seligman, 2004), acts of kindness (Curry et al., 2018;Ko et al., 2021;Lyubomirsky & Layous, 2013) and activating optimism (Seligman, 2006) amongst others. For example, at one stage the team was told that the boat had started taking on water and that all the team's strengths were needed to overcome the challenge or the boat would sink. ...