Episode #86 “How Generous Spending Leads to Greater Happiness”

With Dr. Lara Aknin | Associate Professor | Director of The Helping & Happiness Lab


Dr. Lara Aknin is a psychology professor at Simon Fraser University and the chair of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force for The Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia.

Lara’s research interests lie at the intersection of social psychology, positive psychology, economics and judgement and decision making. Her research questions often include the study of what makes people happy, the emotional consequences of kind or generous behaviour, and the well-being outcomes of specific spending choices. Most of the research she has conducted thus far examines people’s perceptions of the money and happiness relationship and whether people reap greater happiness from spending money on others (i.e. prosocial spending) than when spending the same amount of money on themselves.


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