Some people are more inclined to live their life according to the proverb "treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself." The reason is that they are hardwired to be optimistic and selfless.
Two UCLA neuroscientists found that the altruistic among us are hardwired to be selfless and that kind people experience more activity in areas of the brain that fuel empathetic impulses.
"Our altruism may be more hard-wired than previously thought," said Leonardo Christov-Moore.
The findings of both studies suggest potential avenues for increasing empathy, which is especially critical in treating people who have experienced desensitizing situations like prison or war.
"The study is important proof of principle that with a noninvasive procedure you can make people behave in a more prosocial way," Iacoboni said.
The first study is published in February in Human Brain Mapping and the second study is published in Social Neuroscience.