In this edition of EmpowHER's "HER Daily Dose" Bailey Mosier asks the question if it's not sugar and spice then what it is that makes girls and everyone else nice.
Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Daily Dose.
I’ve always been told that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice and that’s why we are all so sweet. But a recent study says it’s actually genetics that are responsible for making a person nice … and it’s not just us girls.
Researchers from the State University Of New York at Buffalo and the University of California, Irvine found that actual niceness – defined as feelings of social responsibility and charity – corresponded with possessing a gene that produced a certain kind of receptor for two hormones that are linked with sociability and niceness.
711 participants were surveyed about their worldviews, what they thought about civic duty and doing things for charity. Those who found the world threatening were less likely to help others unless they had versions of the receptor genes that are generally associated with niceness.
Researchers found that people with these specific receptor genes still want to help others even if they feel threatened by the world. So niceness is at least in part – a matter of the genes they were born with.
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