Helping and Happiness: A Review and Guide for Public Policy

  title={Helping and Happiness: A Review and Guide for Public Policy},
  author={Lara Beth Aknin and Ashley V. Whillans},
  journal={Social Issues and Policy Review},
Perhaps one of the most reaffirming findings to emerge over the past several decades is that humans not only engage in generous behavior, they also appear to experience pleasure from doing so. Yet not all acts of helping lead to greater happiness. Here, we review the growing body of evidence showing that people engage in a wide array of prosocial behaviors (e.g., charitable giving, volunteering, blood/organ donation, offering advice, food sharing) which can promote positive emotions. Then… 
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