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The many benefits of giving: Prosocial spending and happiness

A new study that shows the benefits to both adults and children of prosocial spending By Elizabeth W. Dunn, Lara B. Aknin, and Michael I. Norton3 Reprint of the article in Current Directions in Psychological Science February 2014 vol. 23 no. 141-47 Abstract: Although a great deal of research has shown that people with more money are somewhat […]

The golden years glow: Older adults draw more positivity from prosocial behavior

Bjälkebring, P., Västfjäll, D., Dickert, S., & Slovic, P. (2016). Greater emotional gain from giving in older adults: Age-related positivity bias in charitable giving. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1-8. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00846.       Summarized by Justin Preston   Introduction It has been well-demonstrated that prosocial behavior has positive benefits for both the recipient and […]

How volunteering and charitable giving benefit both young and old

By Terri Yablonsky Stat/Chicago Tribune If there’s a magic pill for happiness and longevity, we may have found it. Countless studies have found that generosity, both volunteering and charitable donations, benefits young and old physically and psychologically. The benefits of giving are significant, according to those studies: lower blood pressure, lower risk of dementia, less […]