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