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Got a Dollar? You May Be Happier if You Spend it on Someone Else

A boost to income can increase happiness to a certain degree, but research suggests how you spend your money may… More

  • We’re often told to ‘count our blessings’ and be grateful for what we have. Research suggests that thinking about what we’ve given, rather than what we’ve received, can lead us to be more helpful toward others... More

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    Thinking About Giving, Not Receiving, Motivates People to Help Others

    We’re often told to ‘count our blessings’ and be grateful for what we have. Research suggests that thinking about what we’ve given, rather than what we’ve received, can lead us to be more helpful toward others... More

  • People are much more likely to decide to donate a kidney to a stranger -- an extraordinarily altruistic act -- in areas of the United States where levels of well-being are high, researchers find... More

    Altruistic Acts More Common in States With High Well-Being

    People are much more likely to decide to donate a kidney to a stranger -- an extraordinarily altruistic act -- in areas of the United States where levels of well-being are high, researchers find... More

  • We all know that our objective amount of time can't be increased, but a new study suggests that volunteering our limited time—giving it away— may actually increase our sense of unhurried leisure... More

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    Giving Time Can Give You Time

    We all know that our objective amount of time can't be increased, but a new study suggests that volunteering our limited time—giving it away— may actually increase our sense of unhurried leisure... More

  • Research shows that donors are more generous when they’re asked to give a hypothetical amount to one person before deciding how much to actually donate to a group of needy people... More

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    Bringing In More Donations to the Cause – At No Extra Cost

    Research shows that donors are more generous when they’re asked to give a hypothetical amount to one person before deciding how much to actually donate to a group of needy people... More

  • People who receive a financial incentive to raise money for a charity they care about are actually less effective in soliciting donations, even when potential donors have no idea that incentives were involved... More

    Paying Do-Gooders Makes Them Less Persuasive

    People who receive a financial incentive to raise money for a charity they care about are actually less effective in soliciting donations, even when potential donors have no idea that incentives were involved... More

  • Gift givers often make critical errors in gift selection during the holiday season, focusing on the moment of exchange instead of the long-term utility or practical attributes of the gift... More

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    Want to Give a Good Gift? Think Past the “Big Reveal”

    Gift givers often make critical errors in gift selection during the holiday season, focusing on the moment of exchange instead of the long-term utility or practical attributes of the gift... More

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  • With so many holidays and celebrations, who can blame someone for doing a little recycling, or as it is commonly known, regifting? Not the person who actually gave the original gift, despite what a regifter may think... More

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    The Gifts We Keep On Giving

    With so many holidays and celebrations, who can blame someone for doing a little recycling, or as it is commonly known, regifting? Not the person who actually gave the original gift, despite what a regifter may think... More

  • Companies often put a personal face on products to connect with consumers. The same idea may also work for social causes, like recycling and energy conservation, according to a series of studies... More

    “Please Feed Me”: The Power of Putting a Human Face on Social Causes

    Companies often put a personal face on products to connect with consumers. The same idea may also work for social causes, like recycling and energy conservation, according to a series of studies... More

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