Toddlers aren’t exactly known for their sharing skills. They’re better known for their two favorite words: no and mine.
Maybe that’s why psychologists at the University of British Columbia decided to put their pint-size generosity to the test. During the experiment, toddlers received a pile of snacks and the opportunity to share with a puppet who “loved treats.” Time after time, they shared with the puppet.
In fact, they were actually happier sharing the treats than receiving them!
Another study by researchers at Harvard, UBC and Simon Fraser University tried this theory out on adults. Participants were given either $5 or $20 and asked to spend it by the end of the day. Half had to spend the money on themselves while the other half had to spend it on someone else.
Guess who was happier at the end of the experiment?