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 C. Barrington-Leigh and Elizabeth W. Dunn and J. Helliwell and R. Biswas‐Diener and I. Kemeza and P. Nyende and C. Ashton-James and M. Norton},
  journal={Law \& Prosociality eJournal},
  year={2013}
}
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). In Study 1, survey data from 136 countries were examined and showed that prosocial spending is associated with greater happiness around the world, in poor and rich countries alike. To test for causality, in Studies 2a and 2b, we used experimental methodology, demonstrating that recalling… Expand
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