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Social Connectedness feelings of social connection and positivity toward novel individuals on both explicit and implicit levels (source: Hutcherson, 2008). “During the social interactions, I felt “in tune” with the person/s around me” and “During the social interactions, I felt close to the person/s,” using a 7-point scale (1 = not at all true, 7 = very true). The items were averaged to create a mean social connectedness score (mean daily a = .94, SD = .03). (source: Kok & Fredrickson, 2010).
Reference: Hutcherson, C., Seppala, E., Gross, J.J. (2008). Loving-Kindness Meditation Increases Social Connection. Emotion, 8.720-4.