What makes you happy? Maybe it’s curling up and watching a movie, heading to the park for a run, or deep-diving into your favorite pint of ice cream. And while those activities may leave you filling blissed out, leading scientific research has found happiness at its core is about bringing out the good in others.

This seems totally totally at odds with the rat race of the real world, but as Dacher Keltner, Ph.D., a psychology professor at UC Berekely, explains in this quick video from our friends at Fusion, sympathy is our strongest instinct. So the communities that flourish are the ones that are all about survival of the kindest. Now that’s a message we can get behind! 

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