Altruism is the act of being selfless by benefiting another at ones own expense. These behaviors have no obvious gain for the provider, but have obvious costs for the provider. This means it takes time and resources.

When studying Altruism, it was split into two theories and one effect. The first theory is called Hedonism, which states that acts of altruism are really selfish acts that benefit the actor. By doing so, it gives the actor emotional satisfaction as well as a reduction of negative feelings. This is a less common theory, although some believe in it. The second theory is called Reciprocal altruism. This states that natural selection favors animals that are altruistic if the benefit to each is greater than the cost of altruism.
The Bystander effect is a very important aspect of altruism. It states that some bystanders who feel anonymous are less likely to help. This is very true because our human nature is that we like to get noticed because that then leads to reward, which is very satisfying. If we do something good and don’t get recognized for it, some feel it was not worth the effort. Studies shows that 70% help when alone versus 53% in the presence of others. This statistic contradicts the previous because if you help when you are alone, you will not get recognized for your achievement. Some people don’t need that sense of satisfaction from others because the thought of helping out is a reward within itself.

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Altruism is shown through soldiers who fight for our country. Every day they risk their life to fight and defend our county, but get nothing tangible in return. An example is when an officer is about to get shot at, and someone pushes him over and takes the bullet for him. There is altruism in this because the man lost his life for his friend and got nothing in return. He didn’t do it for money or a reward, but because he felt it was his duty to protect his friend’s life.
Altruism connects to NHS life because the school motto is “To Think, To Feel, To Respect.” When doing so, there is no cash reward waiting on the other end. We follow this motto because it’s the right thing to do. If someone dropped there books its natural to help them out because you feel their struggles and respect them as a classmate.

Works Cited
"Social Psychology:Altruism." Social Psychology: Introduction: Altruism. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>.
"Studies into Human Altruism." HubPages. Web. 26 Mar. 2012. <>.