In 1985, when the General Social Survey polled Americans on the number of confidants they have in their lives, the most common response was three. In 2004, when the survey was given again, the most common response was zero.
Interesting read: “There’s No Such Thing As Everlasting Love (According to Science)”
“At any given time, roughly 20 percent of individuals—that would be 60 million people in the U.S. alone—feel sufficiently isolated for it to be a major source of unhappiness in their lives.”
This study posits that love is not a long-lasting, continual emotion. Rather, people experience a “micro-moment of positivity resonance,” whether that is with their significant other or a stranger on the bus. You can be in love with someone, but you have to physically be WITH them to feel love.
Having negative events happen to you, the study found, decreases your happiness but increases the amount of meaning you have in life.
This is a very interesting article about that ever-present pursuit of happiness.
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