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People who punish others the least earn the biggest rewards in repeated interactions, according to a new study published in the journal Nature and authored by Martin Nowak, director of the evolutionary dynamics lab at Harvard University.

At the same time, we are happiest when we’re spending money on others instead of on ourselves, says another team of researchers out of the University of British Columbia and Harvard Business School.

Has the “nice guys finish last” theory finally been put to rest?