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A new study led by University of Pittsburgh researchers reveals that moderate amounts of alcohol–consumed in a social setting–can enhance positive emotions and social bonding and relieve negative emotions among those drinking.

Results showed that alcohol not only increased the frequency of ”true” smiles, but also enhanced the coordination of these smiles. In other words, alcohol enhanced the likelihood of ”golden moments,” with groups provided alcohol being more likely than those offered nonalcoholic beverages to have all three group members smile simultaneously. Participants in alcohol-drinking groups also likely reported greater social bonding than did the nonalcohol-drinking groups and were more likely to have all three members stay involved in the discussion.

Study reveals moderate doses of alcohol increase social bonding in groups

How to better connect

Show interest in others, and they will show interest in you. Sounds simple, right? As Joel Gascoigne explains, the challenge is keeping our interaction genuine.
Earlier this week I took a trip to the barber since my hair was getting a little long. It ended up being one of the most fascinating times I’ve had my hair cut.

This is one of the key principles Carnegie talks about in the book: become genuinely interested in other people. This is something I’ve worked hard to ingrain. Since I read the book and started to consciously try to bring into focus this and other concepts, the results have been quite remarkable.

I’ve found there is always something genuinely interesting about what somebody is doing. All I need to do is to pursue that interest I have, ask more questions, and continue along that conversation. It’s fascinating for myself and at the same time, builds a greater connection and opens up more opportunities.

Are You Interested?

Make better decisions

When it comes to making strong, objective decisions, you’re about the last person on earth you should trust. So today, we’re taking a page from Seinfeld’s George Costanza.

When ”What Comes Naturally” Isn’t Always In Your Best Interest

We’re wired to put more weight on a decision that leads to an immediate reward, that’s not always the case. Psychology Today puts this rather bluntly:

Our instincts most often drive us toward instant gratification.

Instant gratification is not always a bad thing, but more often than not we prioritize the moment over the future. We convince ourselves that our instincts are right when they’re not. The myth that your body ”tells you what it needs” when you’re craving something is a good example of this. It’s a blatant trick your brain plays on you in order to get a reward.

Your Viewpoint Is Incredibly Limited

You don’t know everything and you can’t see everything from different viewpoints. We’ve covered how confirmation bias colors your decisions because you gravitate towards like-minded ideas, but just as important is the idea of an availability heuristic.

The availability heuristic is essentially a decision making shortcut that means ”if you can think of it, it must be important.” This is when you add emphasis to details because you’ve heard of them. For instance, if you’ve seen a lot of stories about zombie-like behavior, you’re more willing to accept the fact that zombies are real.

Both confirmation bias and the availability heuristic boil down to one thing: you prioritize one idea because everything else seems unlikely to you. This leads to close-mindedness which can cause bad decisions and block creativity.

The next time you’re faced with a social decision (preferably one without horrible repercussions), considering looking at the alternative. You may be pleasantly surprised with the results and if nothing else you’ll learn a little about an opposing view of the world.

The Costanza Principle: Empower Your Inner Contrarian and Make Better Decisions
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