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The secret of what wealth does to human beings, as illustrated by a rigged game of Monopoly

They did some studies involving pedestrians and rigged monopolies, and guess what they found?

The secret of what wealth does to human beings, as illustrated by a rigged game of Monopoly

Social psychologist Paul Piff and his team have studied inequality for nearly a decade, and what they've figured out about human nature is rather startling. It turns out, when people are clearly given a leg up in life, they usually assume it's because they're better people rather than because they got a head start. The kicker is that it can be fixed.

In this TED Talk, he explains how they tested Monopoly games in which one player started the game with huge advantages. This starts at around 1:05:


They also tested what would happen when wealthier people had access to candy meant for kids. It got the audience laughing, but it's really not all that funny... That begins at 7:30:


And they also observed how people driving more expensive cars behaved around pedestrians. Again, umm ... not so well. For that part of the clip, begin around 08:40:

At the end of the day? Having more money made people meaner. However, there is hope! At 13:30, he explores how small psychological interventions and little nudges in values can restore empathy.

Need a mood boost to help you sail through the weekend? Here are 10 moments that brought joy to our hearts and a smile to our faces this week. Enjoy!

1. How much does this sweet little boy adore his baby sister? So darn much.

Oh, to be loved with this much enthusiasm! The sheer adoration on his face. What a lucky little sister.

2. Teens raise thousands for their senior trip, then donate it to their community instead.

When it came time for Islesboro Central School's Class of 2021 to pick the destination for their senior class trip, the students began eyeing a trip to Greece or maybe even South Korea. But in the end, they decided to donate $5,000 they'd raised for the trip to help out their community members struggling in the wake of the pandemic instead.

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