You’ll Feel Less Rushed If You Give Time Away

by Cassie Mogilner

The finding: Spending time helping others leaves people feeling as if they have more time, not less.

The research: In a battery of studies, the Wharton School’s Cassie Mogilner assigned some subjects to help another person—by writing a note to a sick child, for example, or editing a student’s essay—and instructed another group of subjects to do something else. In one study the other group wasted time by counting the letter e’s in Latin text, in a second study they did something for themselves, and in a third they simply left the academic lab early. In each experiment the people who lent a hand to others felt as if they had more time than the people who did not.

The challenge: ...

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