The More We Empathize With Others, The More Generous We Are

Science proves the obvious: If you can put yourself in someone else’s shoes, you’re more likely to want to help them.


Being good to other people isn’t just something we choose to do. New research shows that our brains may be wired to be generous, and it’s thanks to our ability to imagine ourselves in the place of others.

Leonardo Christov-Moore and Marco Iacoboni, of UCLA, carried out two clever experiments to see if we are “hardwired for altruism.”


One showed participants a video of a pin spiking a human hand (with a control image of a hand being jabbed with a Q-tip), and the other tested participants to see how much money they were willing to share with people. During the experiments, the brains of the participants were monitored by an fMRI brain-scanning machine