Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal

@article{Aknin2013ProsocialSA,
  title={Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal},
  author={Lara B. Aknin and Christopher P Barrington-Leigh and Elizabeth W. Dunn and J. Helliwell and Robert Biswas-Diener and I. Kemeza and P. Nyende and Claire E. Ashton-James and Michael I. Norton},
  journal={Behavioral & Experimental Finance (Editor's Choice) eJournal},
  year={2013}
}
  • Lara B. Aknin, Christopher P Barrington-Leigh, +6 authors Michael I. Norton
  • Published 2013
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioral & Experimental Finance (Editor's Choice) eJournal
  • This research provides the first support for a possible psychological universal: human beings around the world derive emotional benefits from using their financial resources to help others (prosocial spending). Analyzing survey data from 136 countries, we show that prosocial spending is consistently associated with greater happiness. To test for causality, we conduct experiments within two very different countries (Canada and Uganda) and show that spending money on others has a consistent… CONTINUE READING

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