HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHICH IS THE MOST EMPATHETIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD?
…I WILL GIVE YOU SOME CLUES
- It is a small volcanic country of South America
- It has four regions: the Coast, the Andean Highlands, the Amazon and the islands
- It has many indigenous nationalities in its territory (2 voluntary non contacted groups)
- It is one of the most biodiverse countries of the world
- … And its people rock!!!
YES! YOU GUESSED WELL. IT IS ECUADOR!
For the first time, scientists have ranked nations by the empathy of their people, and according to data collected by researchers from Michigan State University, from 104,365 adults across 63 different countries, Ecuador is the most empathetic country in the world, followed by Saudi Arabia and Peru.
The research measured the locals’ compassion for others and their tendency to imagine another person’s point of view, looking at the links between empathetic feelings and various personality traits and ‘prosocial’ behaviors, such as volunteering and charitable donations.
“To our knowledge, this study is by far the largest examination of cultural differences in empathy, with respect to both the number of individuals and the number of countries represented”
The research is based on online surveys completed by more than 100,000 representatives and has been described as the most comprehensive and descriptive understanding of empathy around the world to date.