Doing a good deed really does go a long way.
New research has revealed that nearly three quarters of men and women (73%) say that whenever they are on the receiving end of a good deed, they will then carry out one for someone else.
In fact, the study shows the typical person will do 1.27 good acts every time someone helps them out and a quarter (23 per cent) will pass on a good deed at least twice.
The average Brit typically carries out eight good deeds a month, with four in five of us saying that we have carried out an act of kindness at least once a week.
Sadly, one in ten Brits say that they don’t receive any acts of kindness at all during a typical month. While, a lucky third of us receive an average of five acts of kindness during the same period.
Britain’s most common act of kindness is holding a door open for others – something 89% of us have done in the last three months and which 66 per cent would reciprocate for someone else.
Giving directions to someone who is lost (69%), stopping to let someone cross the road (62%) and letting someone with very little shopping go ahead of you in the queue (61%) are other common good deeds.
Michelle Frost, spokeswoman for GALAXY Hot Chocolate who commissioned the research says: “Often simple acts of kindness cost nothing but have an immediate positive impact on both those giving and receiving the kind gesture.
“In addition to these random acts, there are a huge number of volunteers and organisations that go out of their way to help their local community. Our survey revealed that the average Brit benefits from the acts of volunteers about 26 times a year, which is a phenomenal accolade to these warm-hearted people.”
The research showed that two thirds (68%) of the nation have never given up their time to volunteer despite almost the same number (65%) saying that they really admire people that give up their time to volunteer.
Interestingly people would rather give a tenner to charity than undertake an hour’s voluntary work, which may explain why one in five people are giving a little more to charity than they were five years ago.
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Top 10 Acts of Kindness
1. 89% – Holding the door open for a stranger
2. 69% – Giving directions to someone who looks lost
3. 62% – Stopping to let people cross the road
4. 61% – Letting someone with very little shopping go ahead in a queue
5. 61% – Putting money in a collection tin
6. 60% – Buying your partner their favourite food as a treat
7. 58% – Picking up something that someone has dropped
8. 58% – Letting a car out of a junction or driveway
9. 57% – Complimenting someone who isn’t your partner on how they look
10. 56% – Giving spare change to a charity collector