Prosocial spending and well-Being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal

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Show simple item record Aknin, Lara Barrington-Leigh, Christopher Dunn, Elizabeth Helliwell, John Biswas-Diener, Robert Kemeza, Imelda Nyende, Paul Ashton-James, Clare Norton, Michael Burns, Justine 2014-06-25T10:00:28Z 2014-06-25T10:00:28Z 2013
dc.identifier.citation Aknin, L. B., Barrington-Leigh, C. P., Dunn, E. W., Helliwell, J. F., Burns, J., Biswas-Diener, R., Kemeza, I., Nyende, P., Ashton-James, C. E., & Norton, M. I. (2013). Prosocial spending and well-being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104(4): 635-652. en_US
dc.description.abstract 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 a past instance of prosocial spending has a causal impact on happiness across countries that differ greatly in terms of wealth (Canada, Uganda, and India). Finally, in Study 3, participants in Canada and South Africa randomly assigned to buy items for charity reported higher levels of positive affect than participants assigned to buy the same items for themselves, even when this prosocial spending did not provide an opportunity to build or strengthen social ties. Our findings suggest that the reward experienced from helping others may be deeply ingrained in human nature, emerging in diverse cultural and economic contexts. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Personality and Social Psychology en_US
dc.subject Prosocial spending en_US
dc.subject Happiness en_US
dc.subject Psychological universal en_US
dc.subject Prosocial behaviour en_US
dc.subject Well-being en_US
dc.title Prosocial spending and well-Being: Cross-cultural evidence for a psychological universal en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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