When and how to share? The role of inspiration

Weiwei XIA, Man Wai LI

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Sharing what we know with others has an important role in facilitating people’s social learning and communication across settings. To advance the understanding of when and how people share, the present study examined the role of inspiration, an emotion that contains strong motivational elements, on people’s sharing tendencies in three studies. Study 1 showed a positive association between the inspiring level of a given message and its likelihood of being shared. Study 2 replicated the finding with carefully controlling for the effect of positivity of a given message. Study 3 further provided evidence that inspiration shaped how people share. The results showed that participants shared inspiring messages in a more innovative way than when they shared less inspiring messages. The present research has implications for how to promote the sharing process in different settings through the role of inspiration. Copyright © 2022 Taylor & Francis.

Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Journal of Social Psychology
Early online dateJun 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jun 2022


Xia, W., & Li, L. M. W. (2022). When and how to share? The role of inspiration. The Journal of Social Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2022.2080038


  • Inspiration
  • Share
  • Communication
  • Social learning
  • Creativity
  • PG student publication


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