When was the last time you asked someone for help? It might be more recently that you’d guess. In a recent study across eight cultures from around the world, it was found that people ask for help every two to three minutes – and they usually get the help they need. These interactions, when repeated dozens or more times each day, show how being cooperative and helpful is part of our social fabric. UCLA assistant professor Giovanni Rossi and his coauthors wrote, “Large-scale social realities are built out of small-scale moments like these.” The study's authors concluded that giving assistance to others seems to be a cultural universal rooted in our biology.

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