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Is It Really Better To Give Than To Receive?
Episode 2023rd December 2020 • This Shit Works • Julie Brown
00:00:00 00:11:46

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We’ve all heard the line before, that it is better to give than to receive. During the holidays you’ll hear it over and over again, but is it true, and if so why? What does the act of giving do for us?

Sure, philosophers will tell you to give freely, but what about scientists? What does the data say - is there data to back up the idea that it is indeed better to be a giver than a getter? 

Well, of course the data backs it up or this would be a pretty shitty podcast episode. But let’s start by first defining what giving is. For the purpose of my research and this podcast we will use this definition. A Gift, is the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return. 

There have been a number of studies on the biological effects of giving - decades of research actually. Tune in the learn how giving activates regions within the brain associated with pleasure and how the act of releases the same hormones within the body that are released during sex!

We also discuss three types of business interaction styles: takers, matchers, and givers. Listen in to determine which interaction style is yours. 

We also take a trip to the island of Puerto Rico where we discover this week's Drink of the Week: Coquito or Puerto Rican Eggnog!

Coquito see link for the full recipe:

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