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Layous et al., 2013: Reflecting about their best possible selves increased social connectedness among college students over 4 weeks

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Layous, K., Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2013). What is the optimal way to deliver a positive activity intervention? The case of writing about one’s best possible selves. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14(2), 635-654.
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Summary:

College students wrote 15-minutes once a week for 4 weeks about their “best possible selves”—one week about academic experiences, one about social experiences, one about career experiences, and one about health experiences—and specific goals that would help them attain each ideal. As compared to a control condition, this increased positive affect and marginally increased feelings of social connectedness. The benefits were similar whether the task was completed in person or online. However, they were greatest when people read a testimonial from a peer who said the activity helped them.

Psychological Process:

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

Selves (My Own and Others')

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

Psychological Process 2:

Need

What is the Person Trying to Understand?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

What About it?

Approach to Desired Meaning

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Process 3:

Need

What Desired Meaning is At Stake?

Approach to Desired Meaning

How?

Psychological Question Addressed

Psychological Question Addressed

Do I think and feel positively about myself?

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Walton & Wilson, 2018