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 Scientific proof for karma? York U study finds small acts of kindness have big impact on emotional well-being

TORONTO, May 17, 2011 – Practicing small acts of kindness will make you a happier person, and the boost in mood stays with you for months, according to research out of York University.

Post-2More than 700 people took part in a study which charted the effects of being nice to others, in small doses, over the course of a week. Researchers asked participants to act compassionately towards someone for 5-15 minutes a day, by actively helping or interacting with them in a supportive and considerate manner. Six months later, participants reported increased happiness and self-esteem.

“The concept of compassion and kindness resonates with so many religious traditions, yet it has received little empirical evidence until recently,” says lead author Myriam Mongrain, associate professor of psychology in York’s Faculty of Health. “What’s amazing is that the time investment required for these changes to occur is so small. We’re talking about mere minutes a day,” she says.
Participants’ levels of depression, happiness, and self-esteem were assessed at the study’s onset, and at four subsequent points over the following six months; those in the compassionate condition reported significantly greater increases in self-esteem and happiness at six months compared to those in the control group.

So why does doing good for others make us feel good about ourselves?

“The simplest answer is that doing noble, charitable acts make us feel better about ourselves. We reaffirm that we are ‘good,’ which is a highly-valued trait in our society. It is also possible that being kind to others may help us be kind to ourselves,” Mongrain says. She notes that previous studies have demonstrated a causal relationship between compassionate behaviours and charitable self-evaluations.

“Compassion cuts both ways,” she says. “If you make a conscious decision to not be so hard on others, it becomes easier to not be so hard on yourself. Furthermore, providing support to others often means that we will get support back. That is why caring for and helping others may be the best possible thing we can do for ourselves. On a less selfish level, there is something intrinsically satisfying about helping others and witnessing their gratitude,” says Mongrain.

Not surprisingly, research has also shown that compassionate activities increase the level of meaning in one’s life, which in turn elevates levels of happiness.

Researchers expected that those with needy personalities would experience greater reductions in depressive symptoms and greater increases in happiness and self-esteem as a result of being kind to others.

“We hypothesized this would occur as a result of the reassurance [needy personalities] might extract from positive exchanges with others,” Mongrain says. “We did see some reduction in depressive symptoms for anxiously attached individuals, but further research is needed to see if there is any long-term benefit.”

The study, “Practicing Compassion Increases Happiness and Self-Esteem,” is forthcoming in the spring issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies. It is co-authored by York University researchers Jacqueline Chin and Leah Shapira. The research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

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Melissa Hughes, Media Relations, York University, 416 736 2100 x22097, mehughes@yorku.ca

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Basic Karma

karma-draft-12-150x150Karma means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.

In Hinduism, Jainism & Buddhism:
The idea of karma, the belief that the actions people do garner a positive or negative reaction in this life or the next, exists in the Eastern religions Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. All three believe that what people do returns to them, and that the current state of their lives reflects their actions from previous lives. All three look to gain liberation by escaping the death and rebirth cycle.

In The Christian Faith:
The King James Bible:  Galatians 6, 7
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man Soweth, that shall he also reap”. The force created by a person’s actions that some people believe causes good or bad things to happen to that person.

If you are a follower of the Hindu or Buddhism faiths then you believe you are ( to put it briefly), in karmic cycles from one life to another till you achieve perfect karma. And then move on to a higher existence.  If you are a follower of Christian Faith. We do not believe in reincarnation of the flesh, But that If god deems us ( In short terms), of good character and have a deep abiding faith in him. At the time of our death we will stand in judgement in front of him and he will decide if we are worthy of everlasting life or eternal damnation.

Whether you believe in Buddhism, Hinduism or are a Christian believer. One thing is a constant in all three. And that is that all your actions, good or bad, you make during your lifetime determine the quality of your next life. If you are a christian follower, as I am. Then we have just one shot at getting it right.

It is a narrow view to look at karma as just reincarnation or your next life. Adhering to the basic principles of karma improve the quality of your present life. And thus put you on the right path to a quality after life. For me personally following the principles of karma are improving the quality of my character and bring more true happiness to my life. And in return my faith as a Christian is getting stronger everyday. I do not see karma as taking place of my faith it is strengthening it.

Does it not make sense to use all things available to you to not only improve the quality of this life and at the same time to influence the quality of your next one

The Founder

© 2015 touchofkarma.com
[1]. Definition directly from wikipedia.org

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Do You Believe in karma?

BOSTON (CBS) – Do you believe in karma, the ancient concept that your actions and intentions come back to either help you or haunt you later in life? That, in other words, what goes around comes around?

I do.

You can see it happening right now in the NFL, where the two most aggressive proponents of the Deflategate smear against the Patriots are off to stumbling starts, others are suffering from injuries, all while the Pats are cruising.

It just doesn’t pay to be a bitter, jealous loser trying to get even with failed witchhunts.

Karma doesn’t always manifest itself as quickly and profoundly. In politics, the dirtiest mud-slingers sometimes have great success for awhile. Lies can be gotten away with, demagoguery rewarded.

Then again, there are enough examples of bad karmic payback to give you hope. Richard Nixon was one. Donald Trump may soon regret his love of the superficial insult. Ask the head of Planned Parenthood if she wishes some of her staffers hadn’t used crude, insensitive language to describe some of their medical procedures.

Let’s be honest, it can be gratifying to see karma in action. High school reunion season is coming up, and who among us doesn’t get a kick out of seeing how much better you turned out than the obnoxious big man on campus from back in the day?

But karma should also be a warning to all of us to heed the golden rule that Pope Francis reminded us of last week, to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Follow that rule, and chances are good you will wind up on the Patriots’ side of karma down the road.

Jon Keller, WBZ-TV

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What People Believe is Vital to their Karma

By Stuart Wilde

Morpheus says to Neo in the Matrix film, you can take the red pill and see how far the rabbit hole goes, or you can take the blue pill and wake in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.

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Some writers and commentators want to change people’s options, I’m not one of those. I think what people believe is part of the restriction of the karma they have designed for themselves; it will take them wherever they are supposed to go, one should not mess with that. Then if someone reads something and it changes their mind and sets them free, all well and good.

We are surrounded by tricks and traps set for us; disinformation is the main game of the official party line. If you are savvy you can feel out what is a lie, you can’t rely on officials to tell the truth as they manipulate people into a hellish state of control over their minds and actions.

22% of Americans believe the official story of 911.

You’d wonder what planet they are on, but it’s important to live and let live and allow everyone their way. I try with my concepts to set people free of control and domination, but some are not ready; freedom is too scary for some.  We have to grow up psychologically to accept freedom, just as I said recently truth is often more than people can take.

Humanity needs to grow but to that end the Internet is teaching us all, offering what is usually free information. It’s the gateway to the world’s eventual liberation, a way towards personal freedom as the lies fall and people become brave enough to stand their ground, and they teach that to the children that are coming up, so they are strong and free. It gives us encouragement, for now anyway, while it lasts.

First you have to comprehend most information is second hand and secondly you have to be humble and realize you probably don’t know very much at all. People say that on the spiritual journey the further they go, the more they realize they don’t know anything.

Be open, read stuff you don’t agree with, see what others believe even if it’s not your cup of tea, that way you are not as restricted and closed down as a person.  Stuart Wilde

© Stuart Wilde 2013 – www.stuartwilde.com

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