By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) – They say kindness counts. A new study shows that some states are kinder than others, and Massachusetts has some work to do.

According to a study by Verizon, Kentucky is the kindest state in America.

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The Bluegrass State topped the list thanks to its southern charm. New Mexico came in second and Oklahoma rounded out the top three.

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Massachusetts, meanwhile, landed at No. 45 on the list.

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Top acts of kindness included being an organ donor, pulling a stranger from a burning car, and adopting and raising a relative.

CBSBoston.com Staff