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When in doubt, invest in karma

When faced with uncontrollable outcomes, people act as though they can still get on the good side of fate by doing good deeds, with the implicit expectation that the universe will return the favour.

This phenomenon is known as “investing in karma,” and may be rooted in the social expectation that institutions will punish criminals and reward benefactors, and that individuals will reciprocate cruel and kind behaviour.

Understanding the conditions that promote this behaviour could be a powerful tool for leaders to inspire dedication to the greater good of an organisation or community.

Read more at University of Virginia

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