A new survey run as a public science project by the University of Sussex and BBC Radio 4 aims to uncover perceptions of kindness and our experiences of giving and receiving it.
Anyone can take The Kindness Test and the results will be announced in February.
“If you are interested in getting involved, please complete our questionnaire at www.thekindnesstest.org. The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous – we will not be collecting any identifiable information such as your name, address, or IP address.
This study will help us learn more about how kindness is viewed within society at large and will fill some of the gaps in the research, exploring issues such as:
- What are the most common kind acts people carry out?
- Where do people most often experience kindness?
- What are the barriers to behaving more kindly?
- How is kindness valued in the workplace?
- Is kindness viewed as a weakness?
- What prevents people from being kinder?
- How does kindness relate to factors such as well-being, mental health, geographical location, gender and personality?
- How is kindness connected with compassion and empathy?
- How does kindness relate to our value systems? “