Performing Acts of Kindness May Help Treat Social Anxiety
For the 15 million Americans who struggle with social anxiety, interactions that seem mundane to those without anxiety can be a source of significant stress. Some people with social anxiety fear leaving their homes, while others spend hours preparing themselves for the stress of social interactions. Though therapy can help, an individual’s anxiety can be an obstacle to their seeking treatment.
A small new study published in Motivation and Emotion offers hope for a new method of treatment: Researchers found that simply doing kind things for others may help people overcome social anxiety.