Pop quiz on the science of generosity

Research reveals some surprisingly easy ways to teach your child to be generous.

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A 2015 Belgian study found that young adults who had experienced more family-style meals in childhood scored higher on tests of altruism.

Parents’ talk about emotions is associated with sharing and helping in toddlers.

A series of studies found that simple reciprocal activities triggered generous behavior in children as young as 1 and 2.

6 surprising, research-backed ways to raise generous kids.

Meet 6 real-life generosity heroes.


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