We Are Built to Be Kind

There’s a lot going on in our world today. And despite the atrocities that we may see in the news, I’ve always believed that people are innately good. I commute into NYC for work several days a week and I encounter many  interesting people and situations. I came across this powerful article during my commute yesterday and was reminded that there’s even science to back that statement.

On Monday, this video was published by the University of California, Berkeley, psychologist Dacher Keltner. He explains that we were essentially built to be kind, compassionate, empathetic. Keltner explains his own work using brain imaging technology, in which he’s shown images of human suffering to people in the lab.

His research has also shown that the vagus nerve — the nervous system’s longest grouping of nerves, stretching from the brain to the abdomen — also shows activity when we feel compassion. Research by Keltner and others suggests that we are biologically set up to care about other people. Being nice is human nature!

Watch the awesome video below:

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