• On Good Things Utah Hour 2 this morning – We start with video of a runner who had a leg cramp at about the worst time of his life – during a proposal! We’ll show you what happened next. Also, let’s talk about relationships. A soul mate relationship is a deep bond between two souls, and they fit seamlessly into each other’s lives like a puzzle. Soulmates are essential in your life journey, so it is natural to be curious about this spiritual connection. There is a common misconception when thinking about soulmate relationships, as many associate it with a romantic relationship. However, there are different types of soul mate relationships; it’s not just about romance, the feeling of butterflies, or physical intimacy. These psychological facts about soul mates help provide a guide. These relationships can be on a spiritual level with a friend, sibling, relative or other loved ones. So whether you’re in a little love bubble or just curious about human behavior, you’ll likely be intrigued by the psychological facts about soulmates in this article:
    • Soulmates are also best friends
      • It is believed that the bond between soul mates is often stronger and longer lasting when friendship forms the foundation of the relationship. However, there can still be romance, especially in a romantic relationship with a soul mate. After all, you can fall in love with your best friend.
    • Soulmate friendships are more common than romantic relationships
      • Soul mates are those who come from the same soul family. They support you and show you pure, unconditional love, but this should not be confused with romantic life partners. A soul mate can be your parents, siblings, friends, teachers, and other people who come into your life and help you grow.
    • You can become addicted to your soul mate
      • It’s easy for soul mates to become obsessed with each other, due to love, connection, and the chemical reactions that come with it. When you fall in love, your body releases high levels of dopamine. It feels like a high and promotes a strong desire to want, similar to an addiction. Tune in to learn more or click here: https://www.newinterestingfacts.com/psychological-facts-about-soulmates/
  • Additionally, Americans remembered 9/11 on Sunday with tearful tributes and pleas to “never forget,” 21 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. Bonita Mentis set out to read the names of the victims at the ground zero ceremony wearing a necklace with a picture of her slain sister, Shevonne Mentis, a 25-year-old Guyanese immigrant who worked for a financial company. “It’s been 21 years, but it’s not 21 years for us. It feels like yesterday,” Mentis said. “The wounds are still fresh.” “No matter how many years have passed, no one can really understand what happened that day,” she added. Relatives of the victims and dignitaries also gathered at the other two attack sites, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. More than two decades later, 9/11 remains a point of reflection on the hijacked aircraft attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, reconfigured national security policy and sparked a US ‘war on terror’ in the whole world. Sunday’s celebrations, which follow a milestone anniversary last year, come just over a month after a US drone strike killed a key al-Qaida figure who helped plan the attacks September 11, Ayman al-Zawahri.
  • And there are few things as scary for a parent as losing their child in a crowded place like a mall, zoo or stadium. The moment you realize your child is missing, it’s impossible not to entertain the terrifying thought that they may have been kidnapped. A woman in New Zealand recently lost her son at a Kmart but was able to locate him thanks to a potentially life-saving parenting hack she saw on TikTok a few months ago. The woman was shopping at the retailer when she realized her two-year-old son Nathan was missing. She immediately told a friend to alert the staff to make sure he didn’t exit through the store’s main exit. “Another friend searched the area where he was last seen,” the mother wrote in a Facebook post. The mother began looking for him by rummaging through clothes racks and running down the aisles. It was the “scariest 10 minutes of my life,” she would later write. But then she remembered a parenting hack she saw on TikTok by blogger Jess Martini. “If your child disappears, stare and start screaming his description,” the mother recalled. “I miss a little boy, he wears a yellow shirt and has brown hair. He is two years old and his name is Nathan! she called out to the rest of the store while reminding herself not to “burst” into tears. “You need people to understand you loud and clear,” she said.
  • At the end of the show – A common question people ask when coming to therapy is “How can I be happier?” Something in their life is out of balance and they are looking for a way to feel like themselves again. In these cases, psychologists are quick to point out that happiness is not like a light switch – it cannot be turned on at our command. However, there are certain checklists that we can go through to try to diagnose and fix the problem. Here are the “levels” of happiness you need to tune into when looking for a way to rediscover your zest for life.
    • Sense of purpose
      • Psychological research has repeatedly shown that living a purposeful life is essential to life satisfaction. A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, for example, found that people living in certain US states (e.g., Alaska, Hawaii, and Wyoming) rated their lives as more worthwhile than those living in other states ( like Kentucky, Vermont, and New York) — and that people in those states tended to be happier and healthier.
    • 2. Psychological wealth
      • Psychological wealth is different from other forms of happiness in that it refers to a varied life. A 2020 article published in Philosophical Psychology defines it as: “A life characterized by complexity, in which people experience a variety of interesting things, and feel and enjoy a variety of deep emotions through first-hand experiences or vicarious. A psychologically rich life can be contrasted with a boring and monotonous life, in which one feels a singular emotion or one feels that one’s life is defined by routines that are just not that interesting. For more tips and hot topics, be sure to tune in to Good Things Utah on ABC4 this morning!