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    Default Science shows generosity causes happiness

    https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15964

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    Generous behaviour is known to increase happiness, which could thereby motivate generosity. In this study, we use functional magnetic resonance imaging and a public pledge for future generosity to investigate the brain mechanisms that link generous behaviour with increases in happiness. Participants promised to spend money over the next 4 weeks either on others (experimental group) or on themselves (control group). Here, we report that, compared to controls, participants in the experimental group make more generous choices in an independent decision-making task and show stronger increases in self-reported happiness. Generous decisions engage the temporo-parietal junction (TPJ) in the experimental more than in the control group and differentially modulate the connectivity between TPJ and ventral striatum. Importantly, striatal activity during generous decisions is directly related to changes in happiness. These results demonstrate that top–down control of striatal activity plays a fundamental role in linking commitment-induced generosity with happiness.
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    Generosity, gratitude, and forgiveness.
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    Isn't that what they call a no-brainer?

    How many people feel worse after they do something generous?
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    I bet @Tellenbach would find this interesting.
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    It sounds like an evolutionary benefit to an animal that is social and survives better in groups. The reward spurs individuals to share which strengthens the collective. Makes sense.
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    I do notice a difference in my emotions between giving of my own free will vs being prodded to do so. For example, if I'm tipping the Subway sandwich maker, I feel happier than when I'm giving money to a panhandler holding up a sign by the side of the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tellenbach View Post
    I do notice a difference in my emotions between giving of my own free will vs being prodded to do so. For example, if I'm tipping the Subway sandwich maker, I feel happier than when I'm giving money to a panhandler holding up a sign by the side of the road.
    Don't you ever get a little worried that the pandhandler could try to steal from you, or threaten your life, with some concealed weapon?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quint
    Don't you ever get a little worried that the pandhandler could try to steal from you, or threaten your life, with some concealed weapon?
    Yes, so I only give to panhandlers I can beat up. I give mostly to female panhandlers because I feel bad for them; most of them are elderly and fragile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quint View Post
    Isn't that what they call a no-brainer?

    How many people feel worse after they do something generous?
    Believe it or not, I know some that do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Typh0n View Post
    Believe it or not, I know some that do.
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