Study: Plucky females most compassionate

You are more likely to be compassionate toward strangers and enjoy helping them if you are female, have suffered a recent loss or are plucky, according to a study by researchers at the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine.

“We want to foster compassion because
helping others improves your quality of life,
physically and emotionally, too, and can help
you be less isolated and lonely,”

said Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., co-author of the study and professor of psychiatry at the university. “But first we want to identify who is more likely and less likely to be compassionate.”

By Leslie Mann