Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Want to Feel More Confident? Join the Club.

Want to Feel More Confident? Join the Club.

Maybe it's time you thanked your mom for making you go out for Girl Scouts: Belonging to a group makes you more likely to have high self-esteem, according to a new study[1] in PLoS One. Researchers found that people who are members of clubs that suit their interests feel better about themselves than people who aren't.

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Even if you're already popular and have a ton of friends, it doesn't benefit your emotional well-being to the same extent. Researchers say that club membership is key because it offers more opportunities for interpersonal connections—and can help by giving people a stronger sense of meaning, support, and control in their lives.

Now don't just go signing up for any ol' organization. The confidence-bolstering effect only happens when the membership in question is with a group that contributes to your sense of self and personal identity.

So whatever gets you going—playing tennis, knitting, volunteering with kids—join the club.

Photos: Stocksy

References

  1. ^ a new study (journals.plos.org)

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