How Can We Help One Another?

Paul Piff, a social psychologist at the University of California at Irvine and teacher of a University of California-wide online class on the science of compassion, agreed on the importance of altruism. “A really basic response people have, for good adaptive evolutionary reasons, is to tend and befriend,” he said. “Social relationships are a huge source of well-being.” He added, “In the long term, on a physiological level, you do better engaging with others and responding to suffering. You’re happier, your immune system is better.”