This College Activity Can Determine Your Future Happiness
College represents an ideal opportunity to gain freedom, explore your academic interests and make lifelong BFFs, whether that’s through a sorority or fraternity, a sport or bonding with like-minded caffeine addicts at the local coffee beanery. But new research from the University of Rochester says that your socialization in college affects not only the four so-called best years of your life, but also your future happiness as an adult. Although the findings may startle you even if you aced Psychology 101, they offer hope that even after the college years, it’s not too late to improve your interactions with others and experience Pharrell-like levels of happiness.
The 30-year study by the University of Rochester surveyed individuals at age 20 and 30, tracked their daily social interactions and then surveyed the participants at age 50 about their emotional well-being. The findings revealed that the quantity of social interactions you have at age 20, along with the quality of relationships you have at age 30, can influence your happiness and well-being later in life. This is thought to be because as 20-year-olds, socializing with others allows you to make sense of the diverse opinions and values of those you meet. This can help you shape and solidify your own outlook on life.
But while a high number of social interactions is desirable in the early twenties, the study suggests that a high quantity of friendships at age 30 doesn’t provide the same lifelong benefits. Instead, at age 30, quality, satisfying relationships are thought to lend the greatest benefits to your later well-being. While it may seem like 20-year-olds are in control of the competition, if you’re a highly social 20-year-old now, you don’t necessarily have a guaranteed ticket to future happiness. The study surprisingly found that a high quantity of social relationships at age 20 didn’t always lead to high-quality relationships at age 30. This is all the more reason to stop counting Facebook friends and Twitter followers and focus on building real, lasting relationships that extend well beyond the digital era.
In addition to the psychosocial effects of socialization, the study highlights other key health benefits to socializing. People with poor social contact were found to have an increased risk of early mortality. Having few social connections is so damaging that it’s thought to be the equivalent of tobacco use! Coming clean about your social habits and working to improve them can ensure that you receive a clean bill of health, both now and in the future.
Regardless of your age, we think it’s never too late to connect both with your fellow Brit + Co community members and with the inspired minds in your local community. So shoot the breeze with your buds and venture out of your comfort zone to share, build and connect. Your future happiness awaits you.
How often do you socialize? Let us know in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)