People who have experienced more misery show more mercy

By |2016-12-31T07:50:54+00:00December 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.