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But does research suggest this is really an incentive, or is it just a myth? 1 Before being allowed to play with the crayons and paper, one group was told that they would receive an elaborate “good player” medal for drawing, while the other group was not promised any reward. A few weeks later the researchers returned, handed out drawing paper and crayons, and measured how much the children played with them. Surprisingly, the children who had received the medals on the first occasion spent significantly less time drawing than their classmates did.
Over lunch Sophie explained that she had recently bought a well-known book on increasing happiness, and she asked me what I thought of the industry. I explained that I had serious reservations about the scientific backing for some of the techniques being promoted, and described how any failure to change could do considerable psychological harm. Sophie looked concerned and then asked whether academic psychology had produced more scientifically supported ways of improving people’s lives. I started to describe some of the quite complex academic work in happiness, and after about fifteen minutes or so Sophie stopped me.
The results revealed that those who had described their best possible future ended up significantly happier than those in the other groups. 17 Three months later, assessments revealed that compared to a control group, those reliving an intensely happy moment were significantly happier. ” It may come as no great surprise to learn that being in a loving relationship is good for your physical and psychological health. However, are these benefits the result of receiving love, expressing love, or both?
59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books) by Richard Wiseman