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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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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.