People become kinder as they age, especially when it comes to helping strangers. Older people do this even when they know that they are not getting anything in return. This was the conclusion of a recent study of researchers from National University of Singapore (NUS).
Assistant professor in NUS’s Department of Psychology Yu Rongjun led the team. The duration of the study was between March 2016 and January 2017. Its participants included 78 adults, 39 of whom were senior citizens with an average age of 70. The other half of the respondents were much younger with an average age of 23. The findings of the team were published in the April edition of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
All participants had to rank their acquaintances on degrees of closeness. Then, they had to tell how much money would they give to them in case of need. Researchers found that people from both age groups were equally generous to people who are close to them. However, the senior citizens were more generous to socially distant people, including total strangers. The older group didn’t change their decision in case of lack of reciprocation or acknowledgement of their kindness.
“Greater generosity was observed among senior citizens possibly. This may be because as people become older, their values shift away from purely personal interests to more enduring sources of meaning found in their communities,” explained Rongjun. He believes that providing older adults with more opportunities to help others is not only beneficial to the society, but it might also help in the well-being of older adults themselves.
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