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dc.contributor.authorAknin, Lara B.
dc.contributor.authorBarrington-Leigh, Christopher P.
dc.contributor.authorDunn, Elizabeth W.
dc.contributor.authorHelliwell, John F.
dc.contributor.authorBurns, Justine
dc.contributor.authorBiswas-Diener, Robert
dc.contributor.authorKemeza, Imelda
dc.contributor.authorNyende, Paul
dc.contributor.authorAshton-James, Claire
dc.contributor.authorNorton, Michael Irwin
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-14T19:57:25Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationAknin, Lara B., Christopher P. Barrington-Leigh, Elizabeth W. Dunn, John F. Helliwell, Justine Burns, Robert Biswas-Diener, Imelda Kemeza, Paul Nyende, Claire Ashton-James, and Michael I. Norton. "Prosocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universal." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 104, no. 4 (April 2013): 635–652.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0022-3514en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11320609
dc.description.abstractThis 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.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Psychological Associationen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/psp-104-4-635.pdfen_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.subjecthappinessen_US
dc.subjectspendingen_US
dc.subjectgiving and philanthropyen_US
dc.subjectCanadaen_US
dc.subjectUgandaen_US
dc.subjectSouth Africaen_US
dc.subjectIndiaen_US
dc.subjectprosocial spendingen_US
dc.subjectpsychological universalen_US
dc.subjectprosocial behavioren_US
dc.subjectwell-beingen_US
dc.titleProsocial Spending and Well-Being: Cross-Cultural Evidence for a Psychological Universalen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAuthor's Originalen_US
dc.relation.journalJournal of Personality and Social Psychologyen_US
dash.depositing.authorNorton, Michael Irwin
dc.date.available2013-11-14T19:57:25Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1037/a0031578
dash.contributor.affiliatedNorton, Michael


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