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Supportive Relationships Linked to Willingness to Pursue Opportunities

Research on how our social lives affects decision-making has usually focused on negative factors like stress and adversity. Less attention, however, has been paid to the reverse: What makes people more likely to give themselves the chance to succeed? 

Health Influenced by Social Relationships at Work

Recent research shows higher social identification with one’s team or organization is associated with better health and lower stress. The meta-analysis covers 58 studies and more than 19,000 people across the globe.

When You Don't Feel Valued in a Relationship, Sleep Suffers

We spend up to one-third of our life asleep, but not everyone sleeps well. For couples, it turns out how well you think your partner understands and cares for you is linked to how well you sleep.  The results are published in Social Personality and Psychological Science.

“Our findings show that individuals with responsive partners experience lower anxiety and arousal, which in turn improves their sleep quality,” says lead author Dr. Emre Selçuk, a developmental and social psychologist at Middle East Technical University in Turkey.

Believing in Divine Forgiveness May Affect Well-being

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Depressive symptoms are lower when people feel forgiven by God, but especially when they don’t forgive themselves.

The Paradoxical Wonderfulness of Knowing the End of Life is Approaching

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You might expect those who know that death is not too far away, such as senior citizens, would be bummed out. But seniors are usually happier than younger people.

Thinking Enjoyable Thoughts is Hard

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Would you rather be alone with your thoughts—free to conjure up any wonderful thing you can imagine—or do almost anything else?

What Is Your Single Greatest Life Challenge?

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How we think about challenging personal events in the past relates to our present-day mental health.

Equality Makes Same-Sex Couples Happy

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Want to improve your marriage or close romantic relationship? If you’re straight, you may want to take a few pointers from same-sex couples.

In Search of a Satisfying Life–Past, Present, and Future

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People’s beliefs about how satisfying their life will be over time may be an illusion.