People have become kinder during the pandemic, says study

We are looking out for one another more (Picture: Getty)

There’s no denying the past year has been tough, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

A new study has found that people have become kinder during the pandemic. 

The research, conducted by Travelodge, found people have been more friendly to one another in the past year.

Whether it’s been buying thoughtful treats for key workers going through a hard time, dropping off doorstep care packages or regular Zoom calls with friends and family – it seems we’ve not only been making extra effort with loved ones, but with strangers too.

Results of the survey show individuals have been staying in touch with their relatives but have also donated more to food banks and other charitable organisations.

Out of the 2,000 people surveyed, many revealed they have been talking to strangers more and have even surprised friends with gifts.

A third of participants also said they believed random acts of kindness to be contagious and one in four people stated they were inspired by the actions of the Captain Sir Tom Moore to be kinder and more generous to others.

To mark the positive results of the study, Travelodge shared some of the random acts of kindness its staff have carried out over recent months.

One hotel manager in Milton Keynes, for example, helped a homeless person by offering them a job as a receptionist.

Other standout individuals who have been helping their communities (and beyond) recently include the NHS doctor who has been delivering meals in his free time and the student who is broadcasting study sessions for her peers, from her bedroom.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokeswoman, commented: ‘One key thing that we are experiencing across our hotels is that kindness is prevailing in these challenging and tumultuous times.

‘Our research also shows that kindness is contagious and has been spreading far and wide across the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic.’

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