New psychological research shows a clear link between humility, as a personality characteristic, and helping, an action one does for the benefit of others.
Researchers discovered that humility is strongly associated with a host of positive values, including reliable friendship, good working habits and generosity. Evolutionary psychologists say there's good reason for that: "Humble people will be more helpful to the group because a trait that involves subsuming one’s own needs to those of others is only likely to be preserved in a species in which cooperation is necessary for survival." Humans, who generally require the help of others in thriving or raising children, are probably one such species.
More information can be found at the University of Maine Web site: http://umaine.edu/news/blog/2012/01/03/personality-study-links-humility-helpfulness/
Via Sakis Koukouvis, donhornsby