Tag Archives: Caring about others bring us happiness: Prosocial Spending and Well-Being

Caring about others faciliates our happiness: this is a way we can summarize a working paper published on http://www.hbs.edu/research/pdf/11-038.pdf by researchers Lara B. Aknin, Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh, Elizabeth W. Dunn, John F. Helliwell, Robert Biswas-Diener, Imelda Kemeza, Paul Nyende, Claire Ashton-James, Michael I. Norton

From the 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). 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, causal impact on happiness. In contrast to traditional economic thought—which places self-interest as the guiding principle of human motivation—our findings suggest that the reward experienced from helping others may be deeply ingrained in human nature, emerging in diverse cultural and economic contexts.

These kind of researchers are very beneficial in terms of being more aware. What about a research concerning how dedicating time to people facilitates our happiness as well?