Do You Need A Partner To Have A Happy Life? Research Attempts To Answer This

Do You Need A Partner To Have A Happy Life

Recent evidence of that connection is a study showing that if you take steps to enhance your well-being, they could have an impact on your physical health. The study was conducted with 155 adults between ages 25 and 75. It focused on increasing three different sources of happiness. Over a period of 12 weeks, the participants reported increased levels of well-being. And that “…increasing the psychological well-being even of generally healthy adults can have benefits to their physical health,” according to researcher Kostadin Kushlev.

Related: 7 Snoopy Quotes That Redefine The Art Of Being Happy

The study was conducted by researchers from Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and the University of British Columbia is described in more detail here, and was published in Psychological Science.

These and other studies add to a growing recognition that everything is intertwined: Mind, body, spirit, behavior, and the “external” context of your life. It includes your level of repose – taking time to “chill,” embrace pleasure; or just acknowledge gratitude for being alive, as this recent study found. Healthy hedonism, as the research describes it. It includes following a diet that enhances your immunity and mental health, as those interconnections become increasingly evident, as I described in this previous post.

And perhaps most central to an integrated, healthy life of well-being is opening yourself to an evolving sense of life purpose. That’s not something you “acquire,” like a new tech gadget; nor a “place” you arrive at.

Rather, it’s something to be receptive to discovering, that gives definition to what you’re doing with your life…and why. It evolves and changes through the stages and transitions of life, as this report from UC Berkeley explains.


Written By Douglas LaBier
Originally Appeared On Psychology Today
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Douglas LaBier, Ph.D.

Douglas LaBier, Ph.D., is a business psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and writer. He has a long-standing interest in the psychology of the career culture, life challenges in our interconnected world, and the interplay between work and mental health – which he first wrote about in his book, Modern Madness. As a psychotherapist, he treats men and women, individuals and couples, with a particular focus on adult/midlife developmental issues. As a business psychologist, Dr. LaBier consults with senior executives, leaders, and career professionals on ways to create greater alignment between personal development and a positive leadership/management culture. He's published frequently in The Washington Post and other national publications and has appeared on national and local TV and radio. Dr. LaBier is currently developing a new book project about building psychological health and emotional resilience within today's interconnected, unpredictable world.View Author posts