Kindness is the glue that binds every human community together. But what is kindness? Are we genetically programmed to be kind? Or do we learn its importance through our upbringing?
The Kindness Research Foundation (KRF) was set up to ask this key question – is it possible to measure kindness? An eminent team of psychologists was commissioned to find out. They discovered that every human being has a measurable Kindness Quotient – or KQ.
The discovery of KQ, like its equivalent IQ, will reshape the science of human kindness. KRF will promote and fund new research to understand how KQ influences the life choices we all make.
The Kindness Research Foundation has a core mission to devise and extend the KQ Test for children of primary school age. The aim is to add to the growing body of evidence that kindness can and should be taught in schools.
There is clear evidence that the introduction of Kindness Curriculums in schools' results in happier children, increased peer acceptance, improved health, results and self-esteem, increased feelings of gratitude, better concentration, less bullying and reduced depression.
KRF is seeking partners, commercial sponsors and participating schools to set up a number of KQ pilot studies across the UK. The KQ testing of children will be an objective measure of the impact of the teaching of kindness.
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Dispelling the myth of the hidden Psychopath lurking within every successful business leader, KRF argues that the most respected and effective people in the business world are more often distinguished not by their malevolence but by their high levels of Human Kindness.
High HQ scorers are different from others in the way they think and feel about other human beings. They outperform others across the range of newly-identified psychological forms of Human Kindness.
It is this insight into others, into the power and potential of human relationships and, importantly, the habitual way of putting this into action, of behaving towards others, that is a key ingredient in their success. The KQ Test can measure it.
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Each week we pose a question relevant to the better understanding of kindness. The question may be academic, serious or totally light hearted. But it will enable us to generate a healthy debate and gather your opinions.
So please join in, make a post and read and respond to what others have had said. And every so often one of KRF's key people will join the debate for a live question and answer session.
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