In the first study, people who experienced a poor night's sleep were less grateful after listing five things in life for which they were appreciative than were people who had slept well the night before. The researchers adapted the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, which measures sleep quality and number of hours slept, among other variables, to evaluate the previous night's sleep.In addition, scientists are learning that people who are married tend to have greater happiness in their lives and to live longer. The reasons for this, of course, may vary among cultural groups. Single people are often lonely, and scientists are learning that loneliness affects our health.
In the second study, participants recorded their sleep from the previous night for two weeks and their feelings of gratitude. The researchers found a decline in gratitude associated with poor sleep, and those participants reported feeling more selfish those days.
Researchers found that people who were more lonely showed signs of elevated latent herpes virus reactivation and produced more inflammation-related proteins in response to acute stress than did people who felt more socially connected.In addition, some people become obsessed with revenge toward persons thought to have offended or harmed them. Other people become obsessed with themselves and withdraw from society by becoming recluses or hermits. Still others attempt to control people to benefit themselves. All of these examples are harmful to the people involved and to society in general.
These proteins signal the presence of inflammation, and chronic inflammation is linked to numerous conditions, including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's disease, as well as the frailty and functional decline that can accompany aging.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that we should show friendship, kindness, and empathy towards others. In other words, we should have charity be the basis of our lives. The Book of Mormon defines charity as the pure love that Christ has for all people.
But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. (Moroni 7:47)The Apostle Paul said charity is the greatest of all.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. (1 Corinthians 13:13)Unfortunately, some people have negative relationships because they do not have charity in their lives. Here are links to scientific reports about negative relationships.
A new study in The Journal of Sex Research found higher levels of general anxiety, social anxiety, and depression among students who recently had casual sex. Entitled Risky Business: Is There an Association between Casual Sex and Mental Health among Emerging Adults?, the study surveyed over 3,900 heterosexual college students from across the United States about their casual sex behaviors and mental well-being. "Casual sex" was defined as having intercourse with a partner one has known for less than a week. Students from over 30 institutions around the country completed the online survey, making this the largest sample to be collected for a study on this topic. On average, 11% of students reported a casual sex encounter during the month prior to the survey, the majority of whom were men.
Giving back through volunteering is good for your heart, even at a young age, according to University of British Columbia researchers.
Sibona found that 40 percent of people surveyed said they would avoid in real life anyone who unfriended them on Facebook. Some 50 percent said they would not avoid the person and the remaining 10 percent were unsure. Women said they would avoid contact more than men.