Feeling Loved Connected to Mental Well-Being

Recent research by two scientists from the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Science suggests that feeling loved in everyday life might be connected to mental well-being.Feeling Loved Connected to Mental Well-Being

With the help of smartphone technology, the research team collected data from 212 participants from two studies throughout their everyday lives. Participants received six random prompts throughout the day during the 4-week period which aimed to assess felt love and well-being.

The researchers used nuanced statistical tools to perform analysis of gathered data. In particular, they used a Bayesian latent stochastic differential equations model to cut through the noise in the data and identify processes happening underneath.

Co-author of the study Zita Oravecz, assistant professor of human development and family studies and ICDS faculty co-hire, comments: “We took a very broad approach when we looked at love. Every day felt love is conceptually much broader than romantic love. It's those micro-moments in your life when you experience resonance with someone. For example, if you're talking to a neighbour and they express concern for your well-being, then you might resonate with that and experience it as a feeling of love, and that might improve your well-being.”

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