We all know those gregarious types who can waltz into a crowded room of strangers and charm the pants off of everyone they meet. Meanwhile, for those with social anxiety, networking events and social functions typically lead to clammy palms, dry mouths and an overwhelming urge to exit upon arrival.

But new research shows that focusing on doing good deeds regularly could help you become more like your social-butterfly counterparts. In fact, those who performed acts of kindness—such as doing a roommate’s dishes or donating to a charity—showed the greatest reduction in their desire to avoid social situations. The reason?

Researchers say that good deeds helped the participants anticipate more positive responses from people, which helped lessen fear of rejection. If you suffer from social anxiety, try simple acts of kindness such as holding doors open for others or volunteering on weekend afternoon. What do you think of this research? Besides doing chores or making a donation, what are some other good deeds you would suggest trying?



HealthDay: For Those With Social Anxiety, Acts of Kindness May Be Therapeutic