Keep nice and carry on: effect of niceness on well-being

Olga Bialobrzeska, Justyna Baba, Sylwia Bedynska, Aleksandra Cichocka, Aleksandra Cislak, Magdalena Formanowicz, Gosia Goclowska, Zuzanna Jakubik, Karolina Kozakiewicz

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Practicing acts of kindness is beneficial to one’s well-being, but is simply being nice to others also beneficial? In a correlational Study 1 (N=497), self-reported behavioral niceness was positively correlated with happiness, self-satisfaction, relationships satisfaction, life meaning, and negatively correlated with depression. In two experimental studies, a one-day online intervention involving acting nicely (Study 2;N=482) and recollecting one’s nice behavior (Study 3;N=317) resulted in higher mood, self-satisfaction, relationships satisfaction, and life meaning. The present findings suggest that acting in a nice manner, that is, in a warm and friendly way, toward others in everyday situations can promote one’s well-being. Practicing niceness also promoted subsequent voluntary nice behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-156
Number of pages19
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Issue number5
Early online date24 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by the European Association of Social Psychology under EASP Research Grants during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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