A new study reveals that kinder children are more popular in school.
A behavioral study from the University of California, Riverside has revealed that being nice, or doing nice things for people can make pre-teen children more popular in their peer group.
The researchers conducted the study with 400 kids between the ages of nine and eleven over a period of four weeks.
Some of the students were assigned to perform and write about three specific acts of kindness during the week, while the control group of students were assigned to write down three places they visited each week.
They also had the children choose the students that they wanted to work with on school activities before and after the experiment.
After four weeks, more students from the nice group were chosen as nominated partners.
Consciously promoting positive activities can have all kinds of benefits for kids, and may help deter the instances of bullying in school.
Statistics from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Cyberbullying Research Center show that 20 percent of students involved in the study had been physically bullied, and 20 percent had been made fun of by a bully at school.