We Are Built To Be Kind!

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When you think of Darwin, you may immediately think “survival of the fittest” and his theory of evolution. In order to survive, your ancestors had to be competitive and ruthless, right? It may surprise you, then, to hear that Darwin believed sympathy is one of the strongest human instincts.

UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner discusses Darwin’s theory, and elaborates on how we’re wired to be sympathetic. For example, a study at UCLA found that when someone feels physical pain, a part of his/her brain lights up; and when someone else sees that, the same part of that person’s brain lights up. How crazy is that!?

Learn more about how we’re wired to be kind — and find out what type of person in society may have a sympathy deficit.

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C. Kramer is back in the Mitten State after a brief residency in the Sunshine State. She has an adorable dog-child, and enjoys reading, writing, going to the theatre, and finding pins on Pinterest. Her mother is a breast cancer survivor.