#Psychology #Love: A psychologist states ‘the single biggest predictor of human #happiness’ #HappeningNow

#Psychology #Love:A psychologist states ‘the single biggest predictor of human happiness’ #HappeningNow

"As we started persuading people we ought to study [love]," Aron told Tech Insider, researchers began to find something remarkable: "The single biggest predictor of human happiness is the quality of [a person’s] relationships."

That’s no trivial finding, with potentially huge implications for health and well-being. Several years ago, a major review on the topic concluded that "people with stronger social relationships had a 50% increased likelihood of survival [compared to] those with weaker social relationships."

The idea that we are drawn to other people and happiest when we bond with them is "very basic," Aron said. "We’ve become aware of just how central it is."

As the social psychologist Ellen Berscheid wrote in 2003: "It appears that we are innately inclined to form strong, enduring, and harmonious attachments with others."

But are such relationships really the key to happiness, as Aron asserts? Stacks of research suggest that they very well may be. One extensive review published by three of the leading scholars on happiness examined whether "happy people have better social relationships than their less happy peers." Indeed, they concluded, "our review reveals this to be one of the most robust findings in the literature on well-being."

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-know-you-are-happy-psychology-2015-9#

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