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From an evolutionary perspective, does it make any sense to be nice?

Solving Darwin’s puzzle of kindness.
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Does altruism even exist?

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World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.

Of course, even without the encouragement of an international awareness day, and selflessness are widespread among both humans and animals. Many people donate to charity and as a direct result of doing so. In the animal kingdom, many species but never crushing each other’s bodies with their huge pincers, without ever biting each other, or even without being asked.

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