The Science Of Kindness At Work In The World

Kindlab

What is kindness? Why are people kind and unkind? How can we promote kindness at home, school, and work? Kindlab uses the latest scientific insights to answer these questions, and help make the world a kinder place.

What Kindlab Does

Kindlab, our research hub, investigates the causes and consequences of kindness through a mix of pure and applied research methods, drawing on the best of the social, behavioral, and life sciences. Everything we learn goes into building high-impact, real-world products and programs and sharing our knowledge with the world.

What is Kindness Anyway? *

Before we could learn how to most effectively advance kindness, we needed an in-depth understanding of what kindness is. And so, one of the first things Kindlab investigated was an answer to the question, “What is kindness?” Our years of research have revealed that kindness is personal, intimate, and means something different to each person - yet it’s also something universally known and understood. We’ve learned that no definition of kindness is wrong. So what is kindness, anyway? We could tell you what the textbooks say, but we’d rather start with our community.

*And if you want to get technical, kindness is a meta-value that encompasses acts of altruism, empathy, justice, respect, and more. It is always an action, often done with the intention to benefit, and sometimes (but not always) driven by emotion.

From the Lab

Highlights

Kindfund

Science advances faster when we work together. In order to learn as much as we can about kindness, and support other researchers doing the work, we have set up Kindfund to provide small grants (<$5k) for kindness-related research. Some of the projects we’ve funded include research on kindness-meditation and political polarization, moral emotions, kindness to animals, and kindness to the planet.

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Meet our Research Director

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    Dr Oliver Scott Curry

    Research Director

    Kindlab is led by Oliver Scott Curry, PhD. Oliver received his PhD from the London School of Economics. He has spent the past ten years teaching and researching cognitive and evolutionary anthropology at the University of Oxford. Dr Curry’s career has been focused on studying the biological and cultural basis of human morality, taking a scientific approach to questions that were once the exclusive domain of philosophy.

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Do you want to help build a kinder world? We want to hear your ideas. We do our best to reply to every inquiry.