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Random acts of kindness

Schoolchildren

Schoolchildren took part in an experiment to see what effects being kind would have in the classroom

How do you feel when someone does something nice for you, like sharing their food or giving you a cuddle? Does it feel better if you're the person performing the kind act?

In this week's 6 Minute English, Jen and Callum talk about an experiment in America which asked children to carry out three random acts of kindness every week to see what effect it would have on their lives.

This week's question:

What is the most commonly broken New Year's resolution?

a) stopping smoking

b) losing weight and getting fit

c) travelling

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

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Random acts of kindness

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Vocabulary

resolution

decision to change habits

random

unplanned and unpredictable

stressed

worried and under pressure

hug

cuddle

boosted

improved

dynamics

the way a group of people feel and act

popular

liked by many people

altruistic

something done for no personal gain

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