How can we live happy lives?
Harvard University has been running a study for 80 years(1) to answer that magic question.
The main conclusion is that warmth of relationships throughout life has the greatest positive impact on life satisfaction. Happiness is the connections we make with our colleagues, friends, lovers and family.
So how can we connect better?
Research shows that anxiety in social situations is a big barrier preventing us from making meaningful connections and improving our personal and professional relationships(2).
Cognitive models suggest that when someone experiences anxiety in social situations, the brain generates distorted beliefs that affect how the person perceives himself and how others evaluate him(3). These negative beliefs about oneself lead to exaggerated negative emotional responses, like fear and anxiety, and maladaptive behaviors, like social avoidance and isolation, which create a vicious cycle.
At Youper, we use the most effective evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to break that vicious cycle and rewire the brain to boost confidence and reduce anxiety.
Several studies demonstrate that these techniques can change our brain’s pathways, something scientists call neuroplasticity(5). Research shows that individuals achieve significant improvements using them and maintain those gains for up ten years(6).
Our science team, led by our co-founder and psychiatrist Dr. Jose Hamilton, is dedicated to continuously assembling the latest evidence-based research and blending them with behavior analytics technology to deliver the best digital solution that unlocks the full potential to connect and enjoy a healthy social life.
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