Causal Evidence that Communication Content Can Increase Daily Well-Being
Presented During: Hope, Compliments, and Well-being in Interpersonal Relationships
Sponsor: Interpersonal Communication Division
Sun, 11/22: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Room: Asynchronous Session
The associations among the frequency and quality of social interactions and in-the-moment and global well-being have been well-documented. Few studies have explored whether the content of social interactions is causally connected to increased well-being. The present investigation utilizes the communicate bond belong theory to identify candidate communication episodes and behaviors that may increase well-being. Participants (Nfinal = 347) were randomly assigned to engage in one of eight communication episodes or behaviors throughout the day and then completed measures of well-being at the end of the day. A control group was instructed to interact with others as usual. Results suggest that compared to the control, candidate communication behaviors were associated with increased well-being (i.e., less stress, less anxiety, more social connection) and the frequency of engaging in the behavior was uniquely associated with increased well-being (i.e., less loneliness, less anxiety, better general affect, more social connection, higher quality of the day).