Science Says Altruism Can Save Your Life

From the Times Union:

That old baseball axiom is wrong, Stefan Klein argues: Nice guys don’t finish last. Klein makes his case in “Survival of the Nicest: How Altruism Made Us Human and Why it Pays to Get Along” (The Experiment; January 2014). We tend to see wealth as an end in itself. But it is just a means. The end you really aim for is a better life. And many things that make a better life do not depend on wealth. Think of fulfilling relations — or happiness. In fact, studies have convincingly shown that it’s not money, but most of all caring for others that makes people happy. The more such findings become known, the more will people be willing to share.