Research carried out at Baylor University in Texas indicates a link of personality traits to the likelihood of helping others.
The study, reportedly the first of its kind, offered these conculsions: First, the more humble that subjects rated themselves, the more helpful they said they were. Next, researchers rated subjects for various personality characteristics using a questionnaire and found the more humble to respond more charitably to a fictitious recording about a student who had suffered an injury.
Finally, the researchers used participants' reaction times in situations to rate their humility. Again, the researchers found a correlation between being humble and helpful.
"The finding is particularly surprising since nearly 30 years of research on helping have demonstrated that the situation, not the person, tends to predict whether someone in need will receive help," said researcher Jordan LaBouff.
“It also suggests that if we can encourage humility in our communities, people may be more helpful to those in need."