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  • Why is it better to give than receive?
  • Why is it better to give than receive?
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Donate today! The science of giving

We feel good when we give. Whether it’s time, money or skills, it doesn’t matter – we’ve all felt it. But helping a neighbour with some heavy lifting feels different to donating money to a foreign charity. Canvas8 sat down with Dr. Lara Aknin to understand what makes us feel good about giving.

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Globally, the percentage of people giving their time and money is increasing across all types of economy. In the US, donations increased for the sixth consecutive year up to 2015, and in all categories – individual, foundation, corporate and bequest. The country gave away $373 billion to charitable causes, with 71% of that coming from individuals. In the UK, two-thirds of people have given to charity in the last year, with the most popular causes related to children and young people. Additionally, an eighth of Brits have volunteered their time, rising to a ...

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