What makes one person more generous than another? It could be in the genes

For generations, scientists and philosophers have debated what makes people altruistic. As 18th-century poet and satirist Alexander Pope famously wrote: “Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing.” While it is now understood that generosity is a product of both nature and nurture, researchers are teasing apart just how much of a role genetics play, and how specific gene variations could affect one’s willingness to give – whether it’s dropping a few coins into a charity box, or grand gestures such as Facebook power couple Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan vowing this month to dedicate most of their wealth to the public good. (Globe & Mail)

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About Marnie Grona

Marnie Grona is a marketing communications professional based in Toronto who works for Imagine Canada as Director, Marketing and Communications. She has a Masters Certificate in Marketing Communications Leadership through the Executive Education Centre of the Schulich School of Business and studied marketing and advertising at the University of Winnipeg. She also has a background in arts marketing and management where she served at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

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