Friday Five: Our weekly roundup of recent counseling and mental health news.
- Just in time for the weekend, here is some research to enlighten us on why social drinking can feel so good. For example, did you know that social drinking is more rewarding for men and extraverts? #science Check out the article for more fascinating tidbits. Five studies that help explain why social drinking is so rewarding
- We all know we don’t need science to tell us that dogs make us happier, but just in case, here’s some research showing that dogs increase our feelings of cooperation and our social and emotional wellbeing in group projects. Now to just convince your boss to let you bring your dog to the next work meeting. How Dogs Help People Get Along Better
- In some serious news this week, major props to Facebook for trying to use its algorithms to help individuals at risk for suicide or self-harm. Suicide is now the 10th leading cause of death in the US (and an alarming 2nd among teenagers in the US), and Facebook is creating ways to help people when they’re the most vulnerable, such as by connecting them with crisis text services and mobile lines, resource pages and prompts to reach out to friends and family. Can Facebook’s Machine-Learning Algorithms Accurately Predict Suicide?
- In a surprising twist, research has uncovered that feeling authentic in a relationship isn’t actually related to being your actual self while with another person. Feeling authentic in a relationship comes from being able to be your best self, not your actual self
- Ever wonder how to live a meaningful life? You and everyone else. Look no further because here’s a book interview about what it takes to have a meaningful life. What Are the Building Blocks of a Meaningful Life?
Until next week!