Righting Wrongs and Paying it Forward: How Emotions Promote Unique Prosocial Behaviors
You don’t have to watch the news for long before the stories begin to tug on your heart strings. Whether filling you with sadness or rage, the moral tragedies prevalent in our world today may be so heart-breaking that we begin to question the very purpose and meaning of life. On the opposite end of the moral spectrum, random acts of kindness, like the stranger who helps an elderly woman across the road, or of generosity, such as a selfless donation to help those in need, renew our faith in humanity and remind us of what matters most in life. But can witnessing good and bad moral actions actually affect our own behaviors and if so, what types of prosocial actions might these emotions promote?
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