This is a nice article written by Richard Layard at Huffington Post about how empathy is really the source of our joy and happiness not money. Of course, intellectually we all know this fact, our televisions and billboards have done a good job at brainwashing us into believing we need “stuff” to be happy. In reality, we are hardwired to find joy in helping each other.
For we are born with a strongly social side to our nature (a homo empathicus), as well as a profoundly selfish side. By the age of two many children will run and comfort another child who is hurt. We are wired up for fellow feeling — when subjects in an experiment watch others put their hands in icy water, their own temperature falls.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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