As Americans, we tend to value our individuality a great deal. There is much to be said for independence and the ability to rely on ourselves to get by. During the pandemic, though, we have also learned just how interconnected we all are. We have seen the spirit of generosity in our health care professionals, first responders, essential workers, and even in our day-to-day interactions with family and loved ones as life has grown more challenging.
Generosity is timeless; it never goes out of style. And it is reciprocal. When we are generous — when we are giving freely and abundantly — we often see that generosity returned. But not everyone is generous. Notre Dame’s Science of Generosity Initiative aims to understand why.