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Helping and Happiness: Can helping others improve our own well being?

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
Does helping others make you happier?

Although some philosophers have argued that people are selfish and callous, focused only on their own interests, an emerging body of research suggests that people derive more happiness from using their time and money to benefit others than when using these same resources to benefit themselves. In this talk, CIFAR Fellow Lara Aknin (Simon Fraser University) presents cutting-edge research demonstrating that giving leads to happiness, not just in North America, but around the world, and not just with adults, but with young children too.

A presentation by Lara Aknin at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.