It’s time to scientifically answer the question: is it better to give than to receive? Psychologists have recently examined the relationship between happiness and charitable giving. Will you be happier if you donate money rather than spend it on yourself?
- The article discussed in this episode is Spending Money on Others Promotes Happiness, by Elizabeth W. Dunn, Lara B. Aknin, and Michael I. Norton, and it appeared in Science 21 March 2008: Vol. 319. no. 5870, pp. 1687 – 1688
- Does Being Generous Make You Happier?
- The Good Samaritan Study
- Basic Research Design Part 1 (one independent variable with two and three groups)
- Basic Research Design Part 2 (factorial design with two independent variables)