Beneficiary or benefactor: are people more prosocial when they reflect on receiving or giving?

@article{Grant2012BeneficiaryOB,
  title={Beneficiary or benefactor: are people more prosocial when they reflect on receiving or giving?},
  author={Adam M. Grant and Jane Dutton},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2012},
  volume={23 9},
  pages={1033-9}
}
Research shows that reflecting on benefits received can make people happier, but it is unclear whether or not such reflection makes them more helpful. Receiving benefits can promote prosocial behavior through reciprocity and positive affect, but these effects are often relationship-specific, short-lived, and complicated by ambivalent reactions. We propose that prosocial behavior is more likely when people reflect on being a benefactor to others, rather than a beneficiary. The experience of… CONTINUE READING
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