Take a breath. Doing a basic meditation on a busy day is good for your health—and it may help you be kinder, too. A new study from Northeastern University suggests that people who meditate are more likely to spontaneously assist people in need (e.g., help a senior cross the street, hold the door). And you can do it anytime, anywhere, says study author David DeSteno, Ph.D. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing for 15 minutes, three times a week: “Even brief moments of meditation increase the odds that you’ll step up and help.”