Poor People May Have More Compassion

Have you ever noticed that the financially challenged are often more compassionate than individuals who are in a better socioeconomic position?


Researchers now say that emotional differences between the rich and poor, as depicted in such Charles Dickens classics as “A Christmas Carol” and “A Tale of Two Cities,” may have a scientific basis.

For the well-to-do, life’s silver spoon seems to limit exposure to hardship and the difficult challenges that are core for learning compassion and gratitude.


“Recognizing suffering is the first step to responding compassionately. The results suggest that it’s not that upper classes don’t care, it’s that they just aren’t as good at perceiving stress or anxiety,” Stellar said.