When you need to be at your best
When you’re at your peak, you need the support of others.
And for most people, that support comes from their families and friends.
But for some people, the best way to stay connected and focused is to wear your heart on your sleeve.
That’s where a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology finds that a heart-shaped bracelet that’s just a few inches wide can have a profound effect on how you think and feel.
While it’s been known for years that heart-ringing bracelets can improve social and emotional functioning, a new review of the literature suggests that the same is true for those wearing the bracelet, who were more likely to report feeling connected and more likely than those who weren’t to say they had an increased sense of well-being.
“I found that people who had a heart ring on were significantly more likely in their lives to report feelings of well being, meaning that people wearing the bracelets were more connected to their families,” says Katherine Hines, a professor of psychology at Emory University and the lead author of the review.
“It really highlights the fact that the bracelet’s really good at supporting the emotional well-Being of the person wearing it, even when you don’t have the physical support of having a ring on.”
The study included nearly 8,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 80.
Researchers also collected data on how the participants were feeling, whether they had a positive or negative affect on their social lives, and whether the people wearing a heart bracelet were more satisfied with their relationships and with their physical health.
They found that heart rings with a heart shape were correlated with increased self-esteem, well-feelings, and happiness, as well as increased feelings of connection to others.
Researchers weren’t sure why a heart shaped bracelet would have such an impact on the health of people, but one possibility is that it helps people better deal with stress.
“Our findings suggest that wearing a bracelet that is an attractive design, or in some cases has a heart or two on it, may increase your sense of emotional well being,” Hines says.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.