The Kindness Test

Help us learn more about kindness by taking part in the biggest ever public science project on this topic!

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The Kindness Test project is led by a team of researchers in the Sussex Kindness Research network, based at the University of Sussex, in partnership with BBC Radio 4. The aim is to learn more about how people's attitudes and experiences might vary across different groups, and how experiences of kindness might relate to health, well-being, and other social and psychological experiences. 

If you are interested in getting involved, please complete our questionnaire at www.thekindnesstest.org.  The survey should take about 30 minutes to complete, and your responses will be completely anonymous - we will not be collecting any identifiable information such as your name, address, or IP address. 

This study will help us learn more about how kindness is viewed within society at large and will fill some of the gaps in the research, exploring issues such as: 

  • What are the most common kind acts people carry out?
  • Where do people most often experience kindness?  
  • What are the barriers to behaving more kindly? 
  • How is kindness valued in the workplace? 
  • Is kindness viewed as a weakness?  
  • What prevents people from being kinder? 
  • How does kindness relate to factors such as well-being, mental health, geographical location, gender and personality? 
  • How is kindness connected with compassion and empathy? 
  • How does kindness relate to our value systems?  

The results will be analysed and then announced on BBC Radio 4 in February 2022, with the findings informing subsequent research papers, which will be submitted for publication in scientific journals by our research team.

The project is led by Professor Robin Banerjee, Head of the School of Psychology at University of Sussex, working in partnership with the award-winning broadcaster and writer, Claudia Hammond, who is Visiting Professor for the Public Understanding of Psychology at University of Sussex. 

The questionnaire development has been facilitated by a team of early-career researchers:  Dan Cullen, Lucie Crowter, Jenny Gu, and Marusa Levstek

Expert input on particular theoreties, concepts, methods, and ideas has been provided by members of the Sussex Kindness Research network, including:

Please look out for discussion of the results on BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service in early 2022!