Meng-Han Ho and Ruth Hansen, presenting (both doctoral candidates in Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI), and Sara Konrath (Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI).
- Workshop is on the third floor of University Hall on the IUPUI campus.
- Workshop runs from noon to 1:15 p.m. (Note: This workshop is on a Thursday)
People feel happier and closer to others when they spend money on experiential gifts rather than material gifts. However, no research has examined whether it is necessary to spend money on gifts in order to experience these benefits. The current study examined whether givers who shared no-cost experiences feel happier, closer, and make more charitable donations than those who gave no-cost material gifts. We found that people with strong cognitive empathy were happier when they shared free experiential gifts. Additionally, both stronger cognitive empathy and stronger empathic concern led to a higher likelihood of making a charitable donation.