Investigating the Relationship between Affectionate Communication, Positive Emotions, and Prosocial Behavior Public

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  • Affection is one of the most fundamental needs of humans. The current study aimed at better understanding how affectionate communication positively influences others, specifically through prosociality. It was hypothesized that individuals who give or receive affection more frequently are more altruistic and tend to feel more empathy, love, and compassion towards others. Self-report responses about one’s capacity for positive emotions and prosocial traits were compared between those who give affection often and those who receive affection frequently. Results found positive associations between given and received affection, positive emotions, and prosocial traits. Notably, received affection was more associated with altruism than given affection. These findings illustrate how affection is an evolutionary advantage and benefits interactions with acquaintances and strangers.
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