If the fact that it's Friday wasn't enough good news for you, then you're in luck. Drum roll, please ... People aren't innately selfish, power-hungry monsters. In fact, we were built to be kind.
UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner set out to challenge the idea that we're all just concerned with our own well-being, and understand why we developed socially positive traits like empathy and compassion. Keltner's work uses technology that allows him to map the brain activity of people in his lab who are shown images of human suffering.
In an animated video (which you can find below), he illustrates his findings: