The Science and Art of Generosity

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‘He’s a Take,’ my father-in-law used to say about people who didn’t like to pay their share of a restaurant bill. You know the type. After a long dinner the bill arrives, and somebody – the Take, who is happy to receive but not to give – disappears, often to the toilet. Nature’s call is certainly much stronger than the urge to pay up.

What makes some people happy to splurge while others want to hoard? There are theories about where generosity or its opposite, tightness, comes from. And there are studies and suggestions around how to be more generous.

Freud believed that the origins of generosity or stinginess are psychological and have a lot to do with one’s…read more here.