STUDY: Being Alone Good For Mental Health, Sparks Creativity… Humans evolved to fall in love? The science of procrastination

Study: Being Alone Can Be Good For Your Mental Health, Sparks Creativity

BUFFALO — When it comes to seeking solitude, many people often blame mental health issues as an underlying cause. But a new study finds that being alone has its benefits too, particularly when it comes to people looking for a surge of creativity.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo interviewed 295 privacy-valuing individuals who reported a variety of reasons for their tendency to spend a lot of time alone, ranging from feeling fear or anxiety around others to preferring to use spare time working on a craft.

Although research has traditionally suggested that excessive time alone can be unhealthy, some seclusive pursuits, such as trying to connect to nature or get a better sense of self, can be constructive, the researchers found.

“We have to understand why someone is withdrawing to understand the associated risks and benefits,” says Julie Bowker, the study’s lead author, in a university release.

“When people think about the costs associated with social withdrawal, oftentimes they adopt a developmental perspective,” she continues. “During childhood and adolescence, the idea is that if you’re removing yourself too much from your peers, then you’re missing out on positive interactions like receiving social support, developing social skills and other benefits of interacting with your peers.”

Why humans fall in love: Scientists say the emotion evolved to allow our ancestors to have more children and prevent infanticide

  • New study gives  the first evidence love is related to reproductive success
  • Researchers studied the Hadza people of Tanzania, who don’t use contraception
  • They found passionate partnerships were associated with having more children
  • Research also found love evolved to stop male primates from killing their infants

Falling in love is one of life’s great mysteries, but now scientists believe this strange feeling could be key to our evolutionary success.

For the first time researchers have found evidence ‘selection promoted love in human evolution’ as it increased the chances of us having families.

Scientists studied the Hadza people of Tanzania, who don’t use modern contraception, and found passionate partnerships were associated with having more children.

It follows previous research that found love may have evolved to stop male primates from killing their infants.

The science of procrastination

Procrastination is rooted in personality, and some research points out that it might be caused by the way some people’s brains work.

Excessive mind wandering and procrastination are annoying for those prone to the time-wasting tendencies – which can have dire consequences on their personal and professional lives. But researchers are finding that the mind can be trained to ditch its old ways.