How Disasters Bring Out Our Kindness

An inspiring and warming article on the Time Healthland website by writer Maia Szalavitz all about how for the most part, disasters like Sandy bring out the kindness and compassion in humans:

“As the East Coast awakened to the aftermath of Sandy— with millions of people without power, many lacking running water and New York City’s transit system crippled, possibly for days—many are facing enormous emotional and physical challenges. But at least, say experts, they can rely on the kindness of strangers—not just loved ones— to temper the blow.

Although there’s a mentality that disasters provoke frenzied selfishness and brutal survival-of-the-fittest competition, the reality is that people coping with crises are actually quite altruistic.”

Read more about how kindness abounds in hard times on the Time Healthland website


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