Ask Ariely: On the Lottery, Corporate Charity, and Maternalism

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, A strange thing happened to me…

Ask Ariely: On Stretching Time, Coining Decisions, and Gifts of Effort (not money)

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, just email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, My best buddies and I have a tradition of going on a one-week ski trip once a…

Ask Ariely: Holiday Edition

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, just email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Hi, Dan! Every year it’s the same problem: My husband and I struggle to get his dad a few…

What to bring for dinner

One of my long time friends just wrote me earlier today.  Not seeing her for a long time I was looking forward to seeing her, and I invited her to join us for dinner on Friday night. She was very happy to…

Is It Irrational To Give Gifts?

Many of my economist friends have a problem with gift-giving. They view the holidays not as an occasion for joy but as a festival of irrationality, an orgy of wealth-destruction.   Rational economists fixate on a situation in which, say, your Aunt…