For you and for me: harvesting the benefits of prosocial spending in romantic relationships

Published on Oct 12, 2020in The Journal of Positive Psychology
· DOI :10.1080/17439760.2020.1832244
Sisi Li1
Estimated H-index: 1
(HKU: University of Hong Kong),
Jacky C. K. Ng5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Hong Kong Shue Yan University),
Chin Ming Hui12
Estimated H-index: 12
(CUHK: The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
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