Episode 55: Is It Really Better to Give Than to Receive?

MichaelEmotion, Research and Stats3 Comments

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
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3 Comments on “Episode 55: Is It Really Better to Give Than to Receive?”

  1. Thank you for this episode. I listened to it just yesterday, and it finally clicked how to interpret my results and how to write about them in my diploma thesis! 🙂
    A 2 factorial design with repeated measures. 🙂

  2. Thank you for the pod cast! It was very informative and easy to listen to. Good luck in your future works!

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