Looking for Empathy? Avoid Alabama
By Tom Jacobs
A few months ago, a first-of-its-kind study ranked 63 nations of the world in terms of empathy, and the United States came in at an enviable seventh place. If those results didn’t ring true to you, perhaps you’re just not aware of how caring your friends and neighbors really are.
Or you live in Alabama, Delaware, or Kentucky.
In a newly published study that breaks down levels of empathy on a state-by-state basis, those three states ranked at the bottom. At the top were Rhode Island, Montana, and Vermont.
This is more than just an answer to a trivia question. A research team led by psychologists Rachel Bach of Beloit College and William Chopik of Michigan State University report more empathetic states also tend to have lower rates of violent crime, and higher levels of overall well-being.
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