New Publication: Emotional and Instrumental Support Provision Interact to Predict Well-Being

We help close others in many ways, from listening to each other’s problems, to making each other feel understood, to providing practical support.  Although these supportive actions often benefit the recipient, how does helping affect the person providing support (i.e., provider)?  A new paper by Sylvia Morelli, Ihno Lee, Molly Arrn, and Jamil Zaki reveals that empathizing with those we help directly relates to feeling happier, less lonely, and less stressed. When providers provide practical support (e.g., helping with chores), but don't feel emotionally engaged, they do not experience these benefits. Thus, interventions should not only encourage individuals to provide more practical support to each other, but should concurrently train individuals to enhance their emotional connection to recipients. Click here for a complete list of SSNL's publications.