The potential for acts of kindness and charity to have a positive impact on those who witness the acts has been a recurring theme in many fields within popular culture, but extensive research into the precise functioning of kindness within networks has been lacking for some time. Thanks to a study recently performed at Harvard University and the University of California at San Diego, such research has been conducted in a highly structural way, allowing for a precise view of how kindness spreads between people, and how far it is likely to reach. The study showed that a single act of kindness can extend as far as three degrees of separation, and also spreads laterally to affect a greater number of people interacting with a single affected individual.
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