28 Nov The science of positive psychology suggests that happiness might only be a letter away!
The science of positive psychology suggests that happiness might only be a letter away!
The secret to happiness may be in expressive writing; specifically, writing letters to people showing gratitude. Steven Toepfer, an assistant professor of family and consumer studies at Kent State University, conducted a study to determine what would make people feel happier, especially in a consumer-oriented culture in which things are supposed to bring us joy.
He had students write one letter every two weeks for a six-week period to people who had had a positive influence on their lives. The letters had to be positive, include some insight and reflection, didn”t venture into trivial waters, and expressed great appreciation. After each letter was written, the students took a survey that gauged their mood, their satisfaction with life, and their feelings of gratitude and happiness.
According to Toepfer, the students” levels of happiness increased after each letter, and 75% of them said they wanted to keep writing the letters, even when the study was finished.
“The most powerful thing in our lives is our social network,” said Toepfer in a news release
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