home
RSS
Playing Cupid makes us happy
February 14th, 2014
08:09 AM ET

Playing Cupid makes us happy

The word "matchmaker" immediately conjures images of nosy old ladies interfering in something that is really none of their business. And anyone who's ever been on a bad blind date knows how difficult it can be to make a good match.

So why do we keep setting other people up?

Because playing Cupid makes us happy, new research suggests.

"People enjoy being the key person who made that critical match between newlyweds or between business partners who started a successful venture," says lead study author Lalin Anik, a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University.

Anik and fellow researcher Michael Norton from Harvard Business School conducted four studies to test the psychological benefits of matchmaking. Their results were published this week in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Study No. 1

In the first study, Anik and Norton examined whether people who frequently engage in matchmaking report better health overall than their non-matchmaking counterparts.

They asked 301 people how often they make matches and how successful they are at matchmaking. Those who made successful matches more often scored higher on a well-being evaluation.

This result held true even after the researchers controlled for participants' social circle size and personality traits.

Study No. 2

In the second study, 118 people were asked to introduce themselves to the others by stating their name, place of birth, occupation and hobbies. They were then split into three groups. One group matched people who they thought would get along; another group matched people they thought would NOT get along; a third group matched people based on a randomly assigned characteristic.

Anik and Norton found participants who matched others based on how much they thought they would get along were happier after the task than those who matched incompatible couples or matched based on a random characteristic.

The study authors concluded: "Matchmaking increases their happiness - but only when that matching is done in the service of creating connections between others."

Study No. 3

Anik and Norton wondered if paying people to make matches would encourage them to do so, or if it would reduce the intrinsic reward they seemed to be getting.

So for study three, the researchers asked people to make matches either for free, for one cent each or for two cents each. After each match, participants were given the choice to either continue making matches or to move on to another task.

People in the free group completed more matches than those who were receiving a monetary incentive.

"So, people should avoid going pro," Anik concluded.

Study No. 4

In the fourth study, researchers explored what types of matches were most rewarding. They asked 132 people to make matches either between people who would likely be members of the same social network or between people who would be less likely to be members of the same network.

"What we found is that creating matches between people who are unlikely to know each other proves more rewarding than creating matches between people who are likely to know one another," Anik says. "Truly masterful matchmaking, it seems, involves making improbable matches."

Takeaway

Creating meaningful connections between people who otherwise wouldn't have met may make you happy. Quick, think - who doesn't have a date for Valentine's Day?

The researchers noted several possible causes for this link. Previous studies have shown that a rich network of family and friends relates to a person's psychological well-being. Bringing two people together not only increases your social connections, it singles you out as a source of power in that network. And it makes you appear helpful - upping your likability. Not to mention that people who owe you for their harmonious relationship may reciprocate at some point in the future.

The psychological benefits don't only apply to love matches, Anik says. Matching two co-workers with compatible skills or helping a young intern network with a colleague also helps boost your mood.


soundoff (645 Responses)
  1. Social Media Marketing Agencies

    Hi there! I simply want to give you a huge thumbs up for the excellent information you have got right here on this post. I am coming back to your web site for more soon.

    http://kwresort.net/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=consciousgrowthmarketing.com

    June 23, 2021 at 11:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SEO Marketing Consultants

    https://www.bad.org.uk/for-the-public/patient-information-leaflets/androgenetic-alopecia/?showmore=1&returnlink=https://marketingpostfalls.com/

    June 23, 2021 at 15:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. demkhuya tv

    Tỷ Số đá Bóng Trực Tuyến Hôm Nayxem trực tiếp vtv3Theo thể thức thi đấu, đội thắng ở cặp đấu này sẽ giành tấm vé đến Lithuania trong ngày hội bóng đá lớn nhất thế giới cho futsal. Tuyển futsal Việt Nam bước vào trận play-off lượt đi tranh vé dự play-off World Cup 2021 với sự tự tin. Tuy vậy, HLV Phạm Minh Giang bày tỏ, toàn đội ko ngán Lebanon song sẽ tìm cách để khắc chế sức mạnh của đối thủ bởi bên trên băng ghế huấn luyện là nhà cầm quân Ramiro Lopez, người từng dẫn dắt futsal Tây Ban Nha.|Dựa vào lịch thi đấu, quý khách rất có thể sắp xếp việc làm

    https://arubaeducation.info/detail/kq-gh-bd-12688.html

    June 23, 2021 at 16:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. 15 minute covid test near me

    http://www.padelargonos.com/libro/go.php?url=https://bestshopnearme.com

    June 23, 2021 at 17:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. SEO Marketing Business

    Great information. Lucky me I found your website by chance (stumbleupon). I've book-marked it for later!

    http://univarchinaltd.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=callfeeder.com

    June 23, 2021 at 19:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. RV Parts And Repair Near Me

    A motivating discussion is worth comment. I do think that you should write more about this subject, it may not be a taboo matter but usually people do not discuss such subjects. To the next! Best wishes!!

    https://mercury.postlight.com/amp?url=https://ocrvcenter.co/

    June 23, 2021 at 20:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. capital one near me

    http://damngoodwomen.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=masternearme.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 00:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Video Marketing Near Me

    http://www.fouillez-tout.com/cgi-bin/redirurl.cgi?https://postfallsvideographer.com

    June 24, 2021 at 01:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. RV Collision Repair Near Me

    I blog often and I seriously appreciate your information. This article has really peaked my interest. I'm going to book mark your website and keep checking for new information about once per week. I opted in for your Feed as well.

    http://ceomich.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.us/

    June 24, 2021 at 04:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. RV Repair Shops Near Me

    Excellent article! We will be linking to this great article on our website. Keep up the good writing.

    http://dragonpig.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrv.tv/

    June 24, 2021 at 06:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Social Media Marketing Firms Near Me

    After checking out a handful of the blog articles on your web page, I truly appreciate your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and will be checking back soon. Take a look at my website too and tell me what you think.

    https://www.medcom.spb.ru/redirect.php?https://internetmarketingnevada.com

    June 24, 2021 at 06:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Local Marketing Company

    This is a topic which is close to my heart... Best wishes! Where are your contact details though?

    http://www.divineselfshots.com/cgi-bin/atx/out.cgi?id=23&tag=toplist&trade=https://cleanuponlinereputation.com

    June 24, 2021 at 11:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RV Repair Near My Location

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to return once again since i have book marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

    https://thecloud.net/service-platform/redirect/?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 14:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. paint shops near my location

    After going over a handful of the blog articles on your web page, I honestly appreciate your way of writing a blog. I bookmarked it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. Please check out my website too and tell me your opinion.

    http://www.workcircle.com/adclick.php?bannerid=135&zoneid=48&source=&dest=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 20:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. geico near me

    https://www.aoa.org/Authenticate.aspx?Return=http://ocrvcenter.com/

    June 24, 2021 at 21:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. RV Repair Near My Location

    http://mueritz.de/extLink/www.ocrvcenter.com2015/09/config-openvpn-telkomsel-indosat-xl-3.html

    June 24, 2021 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. remodel center

    https://baberuthleague.org/changecurrency/1?returnurl=http://ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 00:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. RV Repair Store Near Me

    https://letronc-m.com/redirector?url=https://www.ocrvcenter.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Sprinter Repair Near Me

    I like it when people get together and share thoughts. Great website, stick with it!

    http://jahbnet.jp/index.php?url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 02:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. vinyl wrap motorhome

    http://www.examiner-enterprise.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvcenter.com/

    June 25, 2021 at 02:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. camper furniture replacement

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article. Thanks for supplying these details.

    http://www.cdek-calc.ru/go.php?url=ocrvcenter.com

    June 25, 2021 at 07:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Camper Repair Shop Near Me

    I really love your site.. Excellent colors & theme. Did you build this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as Iím wanting to create my own personal site and would love to find out where you got this from or what the theme is named. Many thanks!

    http://ten.rash.jp/muryou/ys4/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=563&url=http://www.august4u48j.humor-blog.com

    June 25, 2021 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast

    Greetings! Very helpful advice in this particular article! It's the little changes that produce the biggest changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

    https://urjcranelake.campintouch.com/v2/Redirector.aspx?url=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 25, 2021 at 15:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. RV Brake Repair Near Me

    I blog frequently and I genuinely appreciate your content. This article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your website and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    /

    June 25, 2021 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    https://s5.histats.com/stats/r.php?869637&100&47794&urlr=&dunhamcompany.com

    June 25, 2021 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. RV Repair Fountain Valley

    http://bizsearch.jhnewsandguide.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=josues03v1.angelinsblog.com

    June 25, 2021 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. RV Repair Store Near Me

    https://www.attaka.or.jp/cgi-bin/click3/click3.cgi?cnt=05&url=https://www.nena.brainlisting.com/ways-to-study-and-locate-the-most-effective-rv-remodeling-orange-county

    June 25, 2021 at 21:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Brock Pettes

    Spot on with this write-up, I really feel this website needs far more attention. Iíll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the information!

    http://www.5173.com/html/gg.aspx?url=https://boxtruckrepairshop.com&hmpl=newGame

    June 25, 2021 at 21:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Nearby RV Repair

    I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

    https://baoviet.com.vn/Redirect.aspx?url=http://kameron2o5p5.weblogco.com

    June 25, 2021 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Tera Olivers

    I couldnít resist commenting. Well written!

    http://www.wittstock.chemie.uni-oldenburg.de/agef/link_extern.html?link=https://ashleysmaldino.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 00:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. RV Repair Mission Viejo

    https://barbados.org/al/?event=ad.logClickampadvert=DC6FF007FAD78E23C54A673E3258DDC0EE638CB31CFE6FB9D0F4E0C53EF6B1276EC9DDCA3D10A7EA5E5F52955053E7F2A0C5D4D51F5050E21EC0B7F8CDCDA1EB3BBEEEDAB3EBDC25114C276741BA028E&webAddress=https://playandwin.in

    June 26, 2021 at 03:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. RV Furnace Repair Near Me

    /

    June 26, 2021 at 05:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. RV Repair

    Good article. I'm going through some of these issues as well..

    https://it.paltalk.com/client/webapp/client/External.wmt?url=https://landenc59q0.estate-blog.com

    June 26, 2021 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. RV Repair Near Me

    Howdy! This post couldnít be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I will send this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a very good read. Thank you for sharing!

    http://sherlock.scribblelive.com/r?u=photo-carte.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Sprinter Repair Shops Near Me

    I like it when people come together and share thoughts. Great blog, continue the good work!

    https://www.searchpoint.net/redir.asp?reg_id=pTypes&sname=/search.asp&lid=1&sponsor=RES&url=https://noticiasdepolonia.com

    June 26, 2021 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. RV Electrical Repair Near Me

    Pretty! This has been a really wonderful post. Thanks for supplying this information.

    https://www.sportsbook.ag/ctr/acctmgt/pl/openLink.ctr?ctrPage=https://www.stephen4l2c7.bloggerchest.com/3497663/top-latest-five-rv-repairs-near-me-urban-news

    June 26, 2021 at 14:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Books On Leadership

    http://glorioustronics.com/redirect.php?link=https://backboneleaders.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. paul saladino podcast

    This website was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Cheers!

    https://sfwater.org/redirect.aspx?url=http://www.backbonehunters.com/

    June 26, 2021 at 17:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. backstory podcast

    https://www.tinyportal.net/proxy.php?request=http://backbonehunters.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 01:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. not another d&d podcast cast

    That is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate informationÖ Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read post!

    http://yellowpages.norwichbulletin.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=backbonehunters.com

    June 27, 2021 at 04:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Podcast Leadership Development

    Great info. Lucky me I came across your site by chance (stumbleupon). I've bookmarked it for later!

    https://www.ref.webhostinghub.com/scripts/click.php?ref_id=nichol54&desturl=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 27, 2021 at 06:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. John Maxwell Leadership Podcast Notes

    Spot on with this write-up, I truly think this website needs far more attention. Iíll probably be back again to see more, thanks for the info!

    http://login.mediafort.ru/autologin/mail/?code=14844x02ef859015x290299&url=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 27, 2021 at 06:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Leadership And Self Deception

    http://test.www.feizan.com/link.php?url=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 27, 2021 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. radiolab podcast

    http://affiliate.joomla-monster.com/idevaffiliate.php?id=789&url=https://backbonehunters.com

    June 27, 2021 at 09:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. 21 Laws Of Leadership

    This website definitely has all of the info I needed about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    http://yellowpages.santafenewmexican.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=backboneleaders.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. race chaser podcast

    https://www.docin.com/jsp_cn/mobile/tip/android_v1.jsp?forward=https://backbonehunters.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Leadership Activities

    http://karate.sportsnavi.net/dojo/rank.cgi?mode=link&id=71&url=https://backboneleaders.com

    June 27, 2021 at 13:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. RV Repair Garden Grove

    http://dottie-herman.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=ocrvexperts.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 15:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. RV Repair Shop Near Me

    You are so interesting! I do not think I've truly read through something like that before. So great to find another person with a few unique thoughts on this subject matter. Really.. thanks for starting this up. This site is something that is required on the internet, someone with a bit of originality!

    http://ads.scena.org/brand/brand.asp?lan=2&id=63373&lnk=https://ocrvandtrucks.com/

    June 27, 2021 at 16:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Sprinter Van Restoration Shop

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. I believe that you ought to write more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo matter but usually people don't discuss these topics. To the next! Kind regards!!

    http://www.pacarpenter.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetservicesorangecounty.com

    June 27, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.