Nice guys finish first, says science

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There’s a widely-held belief that in order to win at life, you have to be a selfish, ruthless, exploitative reprobate.

Not so, says science.

In fact, according to AsapScientists Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, nice guys finish first – and here’s why:

Using the example of the famous game theory puzzle ‘The Prisoner’s Dilemma’, Moffit and Brown show that strategies where you are ‘nice’ from the off, ‘forgive’ deceit and are ‘non-envious’ of the other’s success lead to the best overall results.

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(Picture: AsapSCIENCE) ‘Nice’ strategies paid off (Picture: AsapSCIENCE)

‘All the top ranking strategies began with what the scientists classified as “niceness”,’ Moffit explained.

But this strategy carries over to real life. Birds will help others remove ticks from hard to reach spots. Those that are helped but don’t reciprocate are ousted from their communities.

Vampire bats will…

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