Matchmaking Promotes Happiness

  title={Matchmaking Promotes Happiness},
  author={Lalin Anik and Michael I. Norton},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={644 - 652}
  • Lalin Anik, M. Norton
  • Published 10 February 2014
  • Psychology
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science
Four studies document and explore the psychology underlying people’s proclivity to connect people to each other—to play “matchmaker.” First, Study 1 shows that chronic matchmaking is associated with higher well-being. Studies 2 and 3 show that matching others on how well they will get along increases happiness and is more intrinsically rewarding than other tasks (e.g., deciding which people would not get along). Study 4 investigates a moderator of the rewarding nature of matchmaking: the type… 
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