Older adults are more likely to make an effort to help others, a new study reports. Researchers found, when faced with tasks that required more effort, older adults were more likely to offer help than younger people. By contrast, younger adults were more selfish and put in higher levels of effort for self-benefit.
Upstream reciprocity, or generosity, can be seen in children as young as four years of age. At age three, 80% of children do not want to share, but at age four, 60% of children are happy to share with others.
As early as 19 months of age, children start to show altruistic behaviors. The study reports even when a small child is hungry, they will give their snack to a stranger in need. Findings reveal not only do young children engage in altruistic behavior, but early social experiences can also help shape future altruistic behaviors.
Imagination helps us act altruistically, a new study reports. When we see others in trouble, we imagine how we can help before acting. Researchers implicate the medial temporal lobe subsystem in guiding our prosocial behaviors.
Contemplating loving-kindness reduces anxiety while increasing happiness, empathy and feelings of social connection, a new study reports.