Ever the optimist, I did this drawing as a faintly possible solution to an alarming increase in antipathy across the world.

As the world heats up with anger and violence and hatred, our hearts appear to be growing colder and colder. According to a stunning new study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, University of Michigan researchers have found that students are 40% less empathetic than they were ten years ago. Yes 40%! Another research paper shows the same situation is happening with adults.

We may be able to reverse this trend if all of us were just a little kinder every day.

With that said, if you have any spare kindness lying around, please consider donating it to someone who needs it this holiday season.

As the Malawian proverb says: “Little by little…a little becomes a lot.”

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