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Thinking About Giving, Not Receiving, Motivates People to Help Others (Generosity Journal?)

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posted on Sep, 21 2015 @ 07:27 AM

In a second experiment, the researchers randomly assigned college students to one of three groups, requiring them to list three ways they had recently given help, list three ways they had recently received help, or list three different foods they had eaten in the last week.

Overall, 26% of the participants donated some amount of money. Similar to the results of the first experiment, participants who reflected on giving were significantly more likely to donate (46.15%) than those in either the beneficiary (21.43%) or control condition (13.33%).
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I think this is very important because people give the advice "count your blessings", but "count your givings" would lead to more inspiration towards helping others.

There is also evidence that giving leads to greater happiness than receiving.

Maybe it is better to keep a Generosity Journal rather than a Gratitude Journal?

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