Humility doesn’t top the list of popular virtues these days, but if you're ever in need of help, a humble friend is more likely to be there for you than a prideful one, new research suggests. Humbleness has also been linked with generosity.
Studies find that the trait predicts charitable giving and generous behavior toward others in monetary games played in the lab. “Compassion is hard if you don’t have humility,” says psychologist Jordan LaBouff of the University of Maine.
What’s more, humble people tend to make better employees and bosses. But because the typical American workplace tends to reward self-promotion over humility, such modest types may have a tough time making it to the top.