Laughter increases altruism, says psychologists’ study

first_imgProfessor van Vugt, a member of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Group Processes and an expert on human altruism and co-operation said: “This study may have important implications for the way charities or organisations could increase the level of received donations.“From the perspective of increasing altruism in society, it is obvious that laughter deserves serious attention from both scientists and policy makers.” You can read the full results of the study – ‘Laughter as Social Lubricant: A Biosocial Hypothesis about the Pro-social Functions of Laughter and Humour’. Howard Lake | 14 March 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A new study from psychologists at the universities of Kent and Liverpool has revealed that laughter increases altruism towards strangers. The findings, released ahead of Friday’s comedy fundraising telethon for Comic Relief, “may have important implications for charities and other fundraising bodies”.For the study, participants watched a funny or serious video clip before playing an altruistic game with strangers. The study revealed that after watching the funny clip subjects who laughed a lot were more likely to give their money to strangers. Further research suggests that this may be due to the effects of laughter on endorphins, naturally produced neurotransmitters that improve people’s mood.The study, conducted by Professor Mark van Vugt, Charlie Hardy, Julie Stow and Professor Robin Dunbar (University of Liverpool), was designed to examine if laughter acts as a social lubricant by enhancing a sense of group identity among strangers. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Laughter increases altruism, says psychologists’ studylast_img read more

Northern Irish biscuit firm strikes Spanish deal

first_imgGourmet biscuit business Grace’s, has gained a new contract to supply El Corte Inglés, an upmarket Spanish department store.The Northern Irish firm has just delivered a consignment of its Irish shortbread and oatmeal biscuits to the store in Barcelona, in what it describes as its “biggest export order to date”.The deal follows extensive and samplings last year by buyers in Barcelona of the company’s range of biscuits, said the firm.William Bullock, managing director of Grace’s, said: “Signing our biggest export order to date from such an influential department store is a marvellous endorsement of the originality and quality of our biscuits. El Corte Inglés is Europe’s biggest department store and ranked fourth worldwide.”He added that the deal was a further boost to its efforts to establish Grace’s as an international brand.The bakery had support from Invest Northern Ireland, which facilitated meetings with a representative in Spain.last_img read more

Full face transplant for US man

first_img Share By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC NewsA 25-year-old man horrifically injured by an accident involving an electric power line has received a full face transplant in the US.It took a team of more than 30 doctors over 15 hours to give Dallas Wiens his new face.Surgeons who carried out the operation at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have hailed it a success.It follows nearly a year to the day after the world’s first full face transplant in Spain.Mr Wiens, from Texas, was injured in November 2008 when his head touched a high voltage electrical wire. The burns erased all of his facial features.The surgery has replaced the nose, lips, skin and muscles as well as the nerves that power them and provide sensation. But, unfortunately, the surgeons were unable to give him new eyes to restore his vision.His surgeons said: “Dallas is doing great. He’s meeting all the milestones that he’s expected at the present time.“He’s been on the cell phone with his family.”Mr Weins, who is the father of a young girl, said of his injuries before the operation: “Not being able to be kissed by my daughter is frustrating.“If she kisses me I hear it and can feel some pressure but I can’t really feel her kiss.”Mr Wiens’ grandfather, Del Peterson, thanked the doctors who performed the $300,000 transplant, saying: “You have made this day an amazing journey. And you have blessed Dallas’ life and we thank you.“Dallas always said after the injury that he now had a choice: he could just choose to get bitter, or choose to get better. His choice was to get better. Thank God today he’s better.”President of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Betsy Nable, said: “Today’s tremendous news marks a new milestone in Brigham and Women’s legacy in transplant surgery. The pioneering achievement by the entire transplant team is a gift made possible by the most selfless act one human being can do for another, organ donation.”The world’s first partial face transplant was carried out in France in 2005 on a woman mauled by a dog.Source: BBC NewsPhoto Credit: Share HealthLifestyle Full face transplant for US man by: – March 22, 2011 Sharecenter_img 75 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more