Altruism means acting in the best interest of others rather than in one’s own self-interest. Some people believe altruism constitutes the essence of morality.
Although we often act selfishly, we also seem to be wired to cooperate with others. For example, studies show that when people look for mates, they tend to look for kindness more than any other quality.
People’s moral judgments are often driven by emotion. And empathy for others seems to encourage altruism. Another emotion, called “elevation,” appears to inspire altruistic behavior, too. We feel elevation when we see another person act virtuously, such as by helping someone in need.
Altruism also builds social connections. For example, studies show that people who are altruistic tend to be happier, to be healthier, and to live longer.
So, while altruism leads us to do what’s best for others, it also makes us feel good in the process.
- Can type 2 diabetes lead to death
- What does weak currency mean
- Does carrying fat help you gain muscle
- Is it worth becoming a lawyer?no_redirect=1
- Why are you others racist
- Which animal is better pigs or dogs
- How do you have authentic interpersonal interactions
- What emoji do you wish existed
- Which of the nut butters is tastiest
- What is your favorite Bulgarian food
- What is Modinfo in Linux
- Is it really a bad mans world
- What do you think about Steem cryptocurrency
- What are the most misunderstood statistical concepts
- What is displaystyle int frac dx x
- What is enumeration in Java 1