If giving money to the Red Cross increases well-being, does taking money from the Red Cross increase ill-being? – Evidence from three experiments

Frank Martela, Richard M. Ryan

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Abstract

Does having a negative impact on others decrease one's well-being? In three separate pre-registered studies (n = 111, n = 445, & n = 447), participants engaged in a button-pushing activity for 4 min in three conditions: earning money for themselves (~60c), also earning money for the Red Cross (~15c), or also reducing the money distributed to the Red Cross (~15c). The results of the individual studies and a meta-analysis across them showed that positive impact increased well-being, but even though participants were aware of the negative impact they were having, there was no increased ill-being in the negative impact condition. In Study 3 we examined whether participants in the negative impact condition are mentally compensating by emphasizing the positive impact they are having towards science.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104114
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume93
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2021

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Keywords

  • Antisocial behavior
  • Ill-being
  • Prosocial behavior
  • Prosocial impact
  • Well-being

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