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Study Shows Human Tendency to Help Others is Universal

A recent study published in Scientific Reports suggests that people from diverse cultures share a common inclination to help others when needed, revealing a universal capacity for cooperation. The research found that individuals, regardless of their cultural background, frequently signal a need for assistance in their daily interactions, and these small requests are complied with significantly more often than they are declined or ignored. While cultural differences in resource sharing have been observed in previous studies, this research highlights that at the micro-level of social interaction, cultural variations become less pronounced, emphasizing the fundamental nature of human generosity and willingness to help others.

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