We all have problems. Not a single one of us is living a perfect life. Syndicated advice columnist Amy Alkon recently gave a TedX talk titled The Surprising Self-Interest in Being Kind to Strangers, where she discusses how our current society removes many of us from a close community where we know everyone and everyone knows us. We’re psychologically programmed, according to Alkon, to help our friends and family, but at the same time programmed to be wary of strangers.
Many of us don’t even know neighbors we’ve lived next to for years–me included. I’ve lived across the hallway from the same couple for almost 8 years. I’ve said hello, I’ve held the door for them, and once I even took their garbage out for them, but I don’t know if they have children, what they do for a living, or their first names (their last name is on their mailbox). I’m sure I’m not the only person who doesn’t know their neighbors.
To keep reading, and to see the video, click here: The Surprising Self-Interest in Being Kind to Strangers. The talk really is worth listening to.