An extremely interesting study was conducted by researchers from the University of California which explored the possible causes of altruism, an admirable trait of someone who is concerned about the well-being of others, even when it doesn’t benefit themselves. Many times, these selfless acts come at an expense to the person who is acting altruistically.
So, what makes a person altruistic? This particular study, which took place at Qnet, suggests it has something to do with how wealthy your family is. The findings claim children who are from less wealthy families are more likely to act altruistically in their dealings with others.
Researchers wanted to analyze the behavior of children because these personality traits are often developed at a very young age and continue to remain unchanged throughout someone’s life. And the data suggest that those who come from a privileged or wealthy household are less likely to give themselves selflessly to others, possibly because of a sense of entitlement which also tends to create a lack of empathy.
Of course, many wealthy families dedicate time and effort to share their good fortune with those in need and it is unfair to generalize any group of people. However, these results suggest altruism is a learned behavior rather than a genetic one. The study also revealed a possible link between altruism and well-being in young children, suggesting a selfless attitude is beneficial for everybody involved.