Happy To Help

Mike W. Martin

in Happiness and the Good Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933068 | DOI:
Happy To Help

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How is happiness related to helping others? Psychologists confirm that helping tends to contribute to our happiness, although not always. Conversely, being happy tends to motivate philanthropy, that is, voluntary giving of time or money for public purposes. This happiness-promoting aspect of giving is important in understanding the typically mixed motives of philanthropists. If the pursuit of happiness helps explain some philanthropy, happiness also enters into justifying giving, especially as happiness interweaves with other aspects of good lives.

Keywords: happiness; philanthropy; helping; altruism; explaining versus justification

Chapter.  5432 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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