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Deeds Not Actions Make You A Hero

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Good and bad deeds have a direct effect on your capabilities, claims a recent study. Moral actions has the capability of increasing our capacity for willpower and physical endurance.

Good deeds have greater boost in physical strength following dastardly deeds. The researchers explain the reason as an effect of self-fulfillment prophecy in morality.

All the positive effects which good deeds have on our ability is basically in our brain. Serving or being a part of a good thing makes us happy and content, thus pumping in more willpower and makes us less sensitive to discomfort.

Researcher Krut Gray's findings dismisses the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism. He suggests that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power.

"Gandhi or Mother Teresa may not have been born with extraordinary self-control, but perhaps came to possess it through trying to help others," says Gray. This change in personality which takes over after a positive attempt is named by Gray as"moral transformation" because it suggests that moral deeds have the power to transform people from average to exceptional.

The other way of looking at it is that helping others may also lead a man to come out of his own anxiety and depression. Most of the time, when a guilty person sees someone else walking on the same path, he tries to stop him, thus helping him which leads to a kind of satisfaction. This a way of regaining control on one's life.

An experiment was undertaken to prove the fact. The participants were asked to write a fictional story by helping other, disturbing others are by doing something which would not have any impact on others. Then a weight was given to each on of them to hold. It was noticed that those who have helped others were able to hold on to the weight for a longer time.This is because, the good deed has risen their self estimation and boost their strength.

"Whether you're saintly or nefarious, there seems to be power in moral events. People often look at others who do great or evil deeds and think, ''I could never do that'' or ''I wouldn't have the strength to do that.'' But this research suggests that physical strength may be an effect, not a cause, of moral acts," concludes Krut Grey.

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 16:17 [IST]
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