The World Happiness Report, a sweeping annual survey, seeks to assess how happy people across the world are – and why. The report’s discovery this year that deep adversity forced people to pull together may perhaps be unsurprising. But there’s more. In 2022, which, despite ongoing COVID-19 cases, can be viewed as the first post-pandemic year, “benevolence” levels were still elevated – about a quarter higher than in pre-pandemic years. It seems the pandemic made us nicer – and we’re still being nicer to each other, even as its other effects fade into memory. Overall, the report’s authors suggested, the increase in benevolence is likely to support higher happiness levels. And it has the potential to create a “virtuous cycle,” making it more likely – hopefully – that we’ll keep being nice to each other in the future.