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People Seek Out a Certain Kind of Person When They Are Happy

Olga Khazan
People Seek Out a Certain Kind of Person When They Are Happy

Heaps of research suggest that social relationships make people happier—but which relationships, specifically? The study’s authors looked at the moods and social interactions of more than 30,000 people, most of whom were French, over the course of a month. To isolate the effects of different company—including friends, relatives, and strangers—the researchers controlled for characteristics that naturally caused fluctuations in the participants’ happiness, such as not being a morning person, as well as the types of activities the participants would engage in.