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People who have experienced more misery show more mercy

By | 2016-12-31T07:50:54+00:00 December 31st, 2016|Categories: Interesting Facts, Relationships|Tags: , |

Researchers asked 224 people about their experiences. The participants answered questions about injuries, bereavements, disasters, and relationship breakdowns.

They also measured their empathy. At the end, they had a chance to donate to charity. The more misery the participants had experienced, the more empathy they had.

There was also a connection between greater generosity and higher donations to a charity. The kind of the adversity they suffered didn’t matter.



People who had suffered in life helped more people in need than those who had not suffered.

By | 2017-01-21T10:27:51+00:00 December 26th, 2016|Categories: Relationships|Tags: , |

This was true for people who suffered interpersonal and group-based harm and natural disasters; both countrymen and foreigners.


Pro-social attitudes toward tsunami victims were the highest among those who suffered from natural disasters.

Vollhardt JR, Staub E.; “Inclusive altruism born of suffering: the relationship between adversity and prosocial attitudes and behavior toward disadvantaged outgroups.” 2011 Jul; 81(3): 307-15.