Humans are hardwired to desire social connections, says study author Jessica Dirsmith, Ed.D., clinical assistant professor of psychology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Interpersonal interactions in which people show mutual care or concern for one another—say, helping a friend with an issue, bringing your coworker coffee in the morning, or catching up with your neighbor—satisfy that craving and make you feel more loved.
The findings suggest that once you’re mindful of these moments, you’re more likely to create them, Dirsmith says.
The bottom line:
Becoming more aware of the small ways you feel love and connection can make you happier, which will then perpetuate more micro-love, Dirsmith says. Try to have as many such moments every day.