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Connection (soaking in positive feelings)

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About This Tool

To feel connected is to feel a personal intimacy with others through biological, familial, social, or professional relationships. Connection is often felt either during or after a social activity, but it can also come or go on its own, unrelated to life events. Being social animals, most of us enjoy the feeling of connection and would be happy to feel it more often, but with our busy lives and the increase of social media, we can struggle and feel disconnected instead. Luckily, science has found that most feelings, including connection, are more of a habit than an occasional state. Connection itself is more representative of our mindset than it is our physical state. The good news is that that is something we can change. This worksheet can help.

Why It Works

Below are some of the books and studies that support this tool.

  • Robert Emmons and Michael McCullough. “Counting blessings versus burdens: an experimental investigation of gratitude and subject wellbeing in daily life” in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. 2003.
  • Rick Hanson. “Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.” 2013.
  • Nathan Lambert, Steven Graham, Frank Fincham, & Tyler Stillman. “A changed perspective: How gratitude can affect sense of coherence through positive reframing” in the Journal of Positive Psychology. 2009.
  • Martin Seligman, Tracy Steen, Nansook Park, and Christopher Peterson. “Positive psychology progress: Empirical validation of interventions” in American Psychologist. 2005.

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